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Santa Barbara Airport Announces Direct
Service between Santa Barbara and San Diego Starting June 17

SANTA BARBARA, CA – June 8, 2021 -- Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is excited to announce that Alaska Airlines will offer direct service to San Diego International Airport (SAN) starting on June 17, 2021. With only a one-hour flight time to and from San Diego, travelers will have the opportunity to bypass the long 4+ hour drive through Los Angeles. This is now the third daily direct destination for Alaska Airlines out of SBA. Advance booking is available now on An Embraer 175 will serve the route, with a capacity of up to 74 passengers, and 4 classes of seating options.

"We are honored that Alaska Airlines has chosen SBA for this new route to San Diego and we are reassured summertime travel to southern California just got easier with this new direct service says Airport Director, Henry Thompson. “This new flight will offer a quick trip to sunny San Diego for families and those needing to travel for business."

Daily Departures and Arrivals
Daily San Diego 4:30 PM Santa Barbara 5:35 PM
Daily Santa Barbara 6:15 PM San Diego 7:17 PM

SBA is also celebrating the new services in June every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-1pm with Dave’s Dogs on site at the Terminal. All are welcome to join, come out to support a great local business and sit on the observation deck to check out SBA’s behind the scenes operations.

SBA has created a "Safe Air Travel Check List" as an easy reminder for travelers, which includes:

  • Face Coverings
  • Hand and Surface Sanitizers
  • Wash Hands Regularly
  • Keep a Safe 6 ft (2M) Distance from Others
  • Check with Your Airline for Specific Regulations
  • Do Not Travel if You Are Feeling Sick

For a copy of the checklist and more information about what to expect when traveling through SBA during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

Santa Barbara Airport offers the following Direct Flights:

  • Chicago via American Airlines: Seasonal Service only on Saturdays and Sundays between May 8 - September 5, 2021
  • Chicago via United Airlines
  • Dallas via American Airlines
  • Denver via United Airlines and Southwest Airlines
  • Las Vegas via Southwest Airlines
  • Los Angeles via United Airlines
  • Oakland via Southwest Airlines
  • Phoenix via American Airlines
  • Portland via Alaska Airlines
  • San Diego via Alaska Airlines starting June 17, 2021
  • San Francisco via United Airlines
  • Seattle via Alaska Airlines