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Santa Barbara Airport Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill Scheduled

September 19, 2016 

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) Triennial Full-Scale Disaster Drill exercise will take place this Tuesday, September 20, 2016, between 9:00am and 10:30am on the northwest side of the main runways 7/25. The purpose of the drill is for local mutual aid partners and emergency response organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a response in the event of a major aircraft disaster. This live exercise will be conducted in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

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Airport Marks 5th Anniversary - Passenger Appreciation Day

August 15, 2016 

The City of Santa Barbara’s “new” airport terminal is set to reach an important milestone. The 72,000 square foot terminal opened to great fanfare on August 17, 2011. Since then, nearly 3.4 million passengers have traveled through its gates. Santa Barbara Airport is marking the occasion by thanking passengers as they exit the security checkpoint area. As much of a celebration of the new terminal, Passenger Appreciation Day acknowledges the loyalty of Santa Barbara Airport passengers and the upward growth trend in 2016.

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Travel on the Upswing at SBA

July 1, 2016 

The 4th of July holiday is the height of the busy travel season at Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). This year, the addition of daily direct service on American Airlines to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) jumpstarted the summer season on June 2. Last July, nearly 29,000 travelers departed to one of SBA’s six direct destinations. The number of travelers this July is expected to grow with near-capacity bookings on the Dallas flight, as well as a second daily departure with Alaska Airlines to Seattle.

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Wings of Freedom Tour at Santa Barbara Airport

May 11, 2016 

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII vintage B17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang will arrive at the Santa Barbara Airport on May 13th at 2pm through May 15th at 5pm.

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Lokee the Therapy Dog Volunteers at SBA

April 18, 2016 

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is pleased to announce the arrival of Lokee the Therapy Dog, a certified Grand Champion Keeshond, owned and handled by Larry Reiche. Since March Larry and Lokee have been visiting the Airport to engage with the traveling public.

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Nonstop Service to DFW Begins June 2

February 19, 2016 

American Airlines (AA) will begin non-stop service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) starting June 2. The reinstatement of service to Dallas represents ongoing efforts by the Santa Barbara Airport to bring back the popular destination. American Airlines previously flew the SBA-DFW route from 1983 to 1993 and from 2004 to 2009.


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Minor Injuries to Pilot After Engine Failure at Airport

February 9, 2016 

The Santa Barbara Airport is reporting that at approximately 5:41 p.m. on February 8th a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza, N113TM took off from runway 25 and experienced engine failure at 300 feet above therunway. The pilot landed the plane in the Goleta Slough basin, experienced minor injuries, and was transported to Cottage Hospital.

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Santa Barbara Airport Wishes Everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

December 21, 2015 

SANTA BARBARA, CA – December 21, 2015

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve visitors from all over the world this holiday and want to make sure flight arrivals and departures via SBA are an easy and pleasant experience.


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SBA's “Songs of the Season”

December 9, 2015 

The Fourth Annual Songs of the Season is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 16 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Airline Terminal. The public is invited to attend this year’s event, featuring the exceptionally talented San Marcos High School Madrigal Singers and A Cappella Choir; Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers; The Young Singers Club and Opera soloist, Peter Kravchuk.



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The Santa Barbara Airport Welcomes Airline Passengers from All Over the Region this Thanksgiving Season

November 23, 2015 

The Santa Barbara Airport, (SBA) gateway to the American Riviera, welcomes airline passengers from all over the region this Thanksgiving season. Airport officials are suggesting that passengers arrive early in order to make their holiday travel an easy one. Alaska, American and United Airlines report that flights will depart 90-95% full for Wednesday, November 25th and Sunday, November 29th.

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TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Extended Due to Popular Demand

September 30, 2015 

SANTA BARBARA, CA – September 30, 2015

Due to popular demand, the enrollment period for the TSA PreCheck® program at the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) has been extended through the week of October 26th through October 30th . The Airport made special arrangements for travelers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck® program for the week of Monday, October 19th through Friday, October 23rd, 2015 but when it sold out in the first two weeks of the announcement, Airport Director, Hazel Johns requested that the enrollment period be extended in order to serve all the passengers in the region.


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Full Flights at the Santa Barbara Airport This Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2015 

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates another busy Labor Day weekend beginning Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7th. Alaska, American and United Airlines indicate the busiest days will be Friday and Monday with flights averaging 85-100% full to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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National Aviation Day

August 18, 2015 

As we celebrate National Aviation Day it’s important to remember that our local Airport is a valuable resource. Almost 112 years ago, on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright changed the course of history by flying the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina.

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Santa Barbara Airport Anticipates Another Busy Fourth of July

June 30, 2015 

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier-than-usual travel period this Fourth of July holiday. To make it an easy and enjoyable experience, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves 90 minutes to find parking, check their luggage and go through security to ensure an easy walk to the boarding gate.

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2015 

This Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer travel season and is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year at the Santa Barbara Airport.

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Santa Barbara Airport Partners with Thanks Again

May 4, 2015 

Santa Barbara Airport launching Thanks Again Loyalty and Engagement Solution so travelers can earn incremental rewards with qualifying airport purchases.

Santa Barbara, CA (May 4, 2015) The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) has joined Thanks Again®, the world’s only airport loyalty coalition, to offer travelers valuable rewards when they park, shop or dine at the airport. Via Thanks Again, SBA is now afforded the opportunity to better engage its passengers and positively impact their day of travel experience.

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Federal Funding for SBA

April 21, 2015 

Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for $3,026,481.

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Wings of Freedom Tour at Santa Barbara Airport

April 9, 2015 

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Airport from May 1- May 3, 2015


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History of Aviation at SBA

March 6, 2015 

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is pleased to announce the release of the documentary “Above and Beyond: A History of Aviation in Santa Barbara.”

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SBA Recognized by AAAE

February 11, 2015 

Santa Barbara Airport has been recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) with an Excellence in Airport Training award.

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Increase in Passenger Traffic for Thanksgiving Week

November 20, 2014 

Due to an increase in passenger traffic this Thanksgiving holiday, the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) suggests anyone departing Friday November 21st through Sunday, November 30th arrive 90 minutes early in order to have a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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A Moment of Silence on 9-11

September 10, 2014 

A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. on September 11th at the Santa Barbara Airport Airline Terminal. All Airport operations will be temporarily suspended for 60 seconds in order to observe Patriot Day and honor those who lost their lives during the attack on the United States 13 years ago.



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Another Busy Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2014 

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates another busy Labor Day weekend beginning Thursday, August 28 through Monday, September 2. Passengers should arrive 90 minutes prior to their departure to ensure an easy and enjoyable experience.

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SBA Awarded Wildlife Hazard Assessment Grant

July 1, 2014 

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announced today that it has been awarded an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment and update its Wildlife Hazard Management Plan.

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Marketing Consultants Receive Top Awards

March 26, 2014 

Rich Aviation Logo

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announced that marketing partner, BBM&D Strategic Branding, has won an American Advertising Award for their design of the Airport’s Aviation History brochure. The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest award competition with over 40,000 entries annually. BBM&D’s design won in the American Advertising Federation Coastal California competition for creative excellence.

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American Airlines Restructures Routes

February 27, 2014 

American Airlines announced yesterday that effective April 1, 2014 it will no longer offer service to Los Angeles from the Santa Barbara Airport due to restructuring of their routes nationwide. “US Airways will continue to offer American Airline customers access to SBA from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX),” said Matt Miller, Corporate Communications for American Airlines.

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Santa Barbara Airport Ranks #10 in On-Time Arrivals!

January 16, 2014 

According to Flight View, Santa Barbara Airport was ranked in the Top 10 North American On-Time Arrival Airports for December 2013. The Airport was Ranked 14 for On-Time Departures.

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SBA Anticipates Dec. 20th-24th as Busiest Travel Dates

December 19, 2013 

Holiday Travel

The holiday travel season is upon us, and Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates the busiest days will be Friday, December 20 through Tuesday, December 24. SBA offers the following travel tips to help ensure an "easy come, easy go" experience at the Airport.

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Annual Songs of the Season

December 10, 2013 

In the spirit of the holiday season, Santa Barbara Airport announces its 3rd Annual Songs of the Season beginning Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19th at the John T. Rickard Airline Terminal. Songs of the Season will feature the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir, San Marcos High School Madcappella Choir, Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers and the Young Singers Club. These local school choirs and ensembles will entertain passengers and visitors each day.


The schedule of performances are as follows and may be subject to change.
December 16th 6:00pm Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers
December 17th 5:00pm Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir
December 18th 2:00pm San Marcos High School Madcappella Choir
December 19th 3:45pm The Young Singers

The public is invited to attend these holiday performances sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara, Airport Department.

Parking is available at the Airport’s Short Term Parking Lot across from the Airline Terminal. Rates are $2 for the first 60 minutes and $1 for each additional hour.

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara, serving over 720,000 passengers annually.ed


Thanksgiving Travel 2013

November 25, 2013 

Happy Thanksgiving !

Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for air travel in the United States with passengers flying around the country to be with friends and family. This Thanksgiving the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) would like to encourage you to plan ahead, arrive early and start your vacation the minute you arrive at the newly dedicated John T. Rickard Airline Terminal.

For passenger convenience during peak travel times, the Airport is providing a “Curbside Assistant” for people who may need extra help with getting their bags to the ticket counter.

Santa Barbara Airport offers the following holiday travel tips:


PLAN AHEAD – arrive 1.5 hours prior to your flight departure time to find parking, check-in with your airline, and go through security screening.

PARKING - Short Term Parking (in front of the Airline Terminal) Rates starting at $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour, up to $20 maximum for 24 hours.

Long Term Parking Lot 1 ( a short walk to the east end of the Airline Terminal) Rates starting at $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour, up to $12 maximum for 24 hours.

Long Term Parking Lot 2 (on Frederick Lopez Road, off Hollister Avenue near Fairview Avenue) Rates starting at $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour, up to $9 maximum for 24 hours. There is a FREE Airport Parking Shuttle that takes you directly to the Airline Terminal front curb every 15 minutes. All parking lots are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and are automated - accepting payment via cash or credit card.

TSA - Approximately 2000 passengers pass through the Santa Barbara Airport every day. We recommend that if you are traveling this Thanksgiving holiday you check the TSA Traveler’s Guide for help.


Runway Pavement Rehabilitation Project

November 12, 2013 

Runway Pavement Rehabilitation Project

The Santa Barbara Airport will begin a Pavement Rehabilitation Project for Runway 15R-33L on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the project will involve removing the surface pavement, filling existing under pavement cracks, and then re-paving a new asphalt surface course on the 4184 foot runway.

The Airport’s other two runways, the main runway 7-25 is utilized by jet and turbo-prop aircraft, and parallel runway 15L-33R is used primarily by smaller single and multi-engine aircraft, will not be affected by the closure of runway 15R-33L.

The $1,743,655 Pavement Rehabilitation Project was awarded to Granite Construction. The project will be completed in January 2014.
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara, serving over 720,000 passengers annually.


Santa Barbara Airport and Veteran's Day Weekend

November 7, 2013 

The Santa Barbara Airport Honors Veteran's Day

Keep your eyes skyward on Saturday, November 9th at 7:15am, when four T-34s, will take off from the Santa Barbara Airport to launch Veteran’s Day activities sponsored by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum. The T-34’s will fly over Dos Pueblos High School and Ben Page Center in honor of Veterans Day and the beginning of the Veterans Day Marathon. Later in the morning expect to see the same aircraft fly over La Playa Stadium around 9:30am as the marathon runners approach the finish line.

On Sunday, November 10th around 12:45 pm, 18 vintage and modern aircraft will be flying over Cabrillo Blvd. in several classic military formations during this Sunday’s Veteran’s Day Parade.
For those who want to visit the Santa Barbara Airport to honor our veterans, the Airport has two memorials. The World War II Memorial is easily accessible and is located at 500 Fowler Road near the entrance to the Airline Terminal Long Term Parking lot. This Memorial honors local aviators that gave their lives in service to our country during World War II along with the men and women who served at the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara during World War II. The granite Memorial bears the names of local aviators that perished during WWII and the Marine squadrons that trained at the Airport during the War.

The Corsair Memorial is located at 601 Firestone Road, directly west of the old Elephant Bar Restaurant off Hollister Avenue. The Memorial is an actual WWII aircraft propeller with a plaque that states, “This airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.”

The Santa Barbara Airport honors all veterans.


Passengers Flying to Los Angeles International

November 1, 2013 
All Santa Barbara passengers whose flights go through the Los Angeles International Airport should confirm the status of their flight with their airline.

Airport Director Announces Retirement

October 29, 2013 

Karen Ramsdell Retires

After 37 years of public service, City Airport Director Karen Ramsdell announced that she will retire from her position on December 30. She has served as the Santa Barbara Airport Director for 26 years.

Ms. Ramsdell started her career with the City of Santa Barbara in 1976 in the City Clerk’s Office and accepted a variety of challenging assignments in the following years, including positions with the City’s Redevelopment Agency and Risk Management Program. In 1980, she moved to the Waterfront Department to become the Assistant Harbor Director managing services to harbor users and the boating public. By 1984, she transferred to a similar position at the Airport, serving as the Assistant Airport Director, and was appointed Airport Director in 1987.

With over 26 years at the helm of the Santa Barbara Airport, Ms. Ramsdell is responsible for the maintenance, operations, fiscal management, and long-term capital planning for the airport. She leads a staff of 54 employees and manages a $17 million operating budget. She has provided oversight to the overall planning and development of the $55 million Airline Terminal Improvement Project, which included the construction of a new 72,000 square foot terminal, relocation and renovation of the historic 1942 terminal, and improved roadways and parking facilities. Ms. Ramsdell played a lead role in planning and construction of facilities with an emphasis on modernizing the airport’s passenger amenities and incorporating public art and historical displays. The Airline Terminal and Rental Car Maintenance Facility recently received LEED Gold certifications for operating as high performance green buildings with model sustainability practices. Today, over 700,000 passengers begin or end their travel at the Santa Barbara Airport.


Santa Barbara Airport Full Scale Emergency Exercise

October 2, 2013 
Emergency Drill at the Santa Barbara Airport

A full-scale disaster exercise of the Santa Barbara Airport Emergency Plan will take place Wednesday, October 6, between 10 a.m. and noon. The purpose of the exercise is for local emergency organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster. Agencies participating in this year’s drill include:


City of Santa Barbara Airport, Police and Fire Departments and Office of Emergency Services
Santa Barbara County Fire, Sheriff, Coroner’s and Office of Emergency Services
City of Goleta
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Transportation Security Administration
California Highway Patrol
American Medical Response
American Red Cross
SkyWest Airlines
American Eagle Airlines
Mesa Air
Signature Flight Support
Atlantic Aviation
UCSB Campus Police and Medical Response
Santa Barbara City College – medical emergency role-playing volunteers
Metropolitan Transit District – loan of bus to simulate a commercial aircraft
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John T. Rickard Airline Terminal Dedication

September 11, 2013 

The Santa Barbara Airport will host the “John T. Rickard Terminal” dedication ceremony on Monday, September 16th at four o’clock in the afternoon. The event will be held in front of the new terminal located at 500 Fowler Road, Santa Barbara, California.

The ceremony will honor John “Jack” T. Rickard, a visionary and leader whose foresight helped define Santa Barbara today. He was an esteemed attorney and judge, influential mayor, and a native son of Santa Barbara. The community brought forward suggestions for naming the City’s new airline terminal and in October 2012 the Santa Barbara City Council chose to name the new facility for John T. Rickard in honor of his service and significant contributions to the community.

John Treloar Rickard was born in 1913 to the Santa Barbara Postmaster James Bickel Rickard and Acacia Teresa Orena. His family lineage traces back to Don Jose Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega, the last Comandante of the Royal Presidio de Santa Barbara.

After distinguished service in World War II Rickard returned to Santa Barbara with his bride of two years, Marion Ester Foster, and opened a law practice. The couple raised five sons; James, Robert, John Jr., Thomas, and Dennis. He soon became an active part of the business community and was appointed to the City’s Harbor Commission. Instrumental in revitalizing Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Jack Rickard served as El Presidente from 1948 through 1949. He brought back honored traditions to the city’s largest civic celebration.
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SBA Offers Travel Tips For Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2013 
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busy travel period during the Labor Day holiday weekend from Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3. More than 9,000 passengers traveled through the Airport during this same period in 2012, with the busiest travel days being the Thursday before and Tuesday following Labor Day.

To make it an easy and enjoyable experience, passengers should arrive 90 minutes before the flight departure time to find easy parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. Visitors can check FlySBA.com for up to the minute arrival and departure information or download our free SBA app, also at FlySBA.com.

Parking
The Short Term Parking Lot, located directly across from the Airline Terminal entrance, is a convenient option for those dropping off or picking up passengers. Passengers who travel for short durations may also wish to consider this parking option - $20 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional).

Long Term Parking Lot 1, located adjacent to the Terminal, is but a short walk to ticketing - $12 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional).

Long Term Parking Lot 2 is off-site and has a FREE shuttle that takes you directly to the Terminal (located on Frederick Lopez Road near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues) - $9 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional).

For those picking up passengers and who do not wish to park, please use our new cell phone lots to wait for their arrival. (Next to WWII Memorial off James Fowler Road OR Cell Phone Lot off William Moffett Road at the Slough Overlook). Due to TSA security regulations in place since September 11, 2001, vehicles are not permitted to park at the Terminal curb unless active loading or unloading is taking place.

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Busy Fourth of July at SBA!

June 28, 2013 

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier-than-usual travel period this Fourth of July holiday. To make it an easy and enjoyable experience, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves 90 minutes to find parking, check their luggage and go through security to ensure that easy walk to the gate. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited and should be left at home.

The recently opened Short Term Parking Lot, located directly across from the Airline Terminal entrance, is a convenient option for those dropping off or picking up passengers. Those passengers who travel for short durations may also wish to consider this parking option. Long Term Parking Lot 1, located adjacent to the Terminal, is but a short walk to ticketing. The off-site Long Term Parking Lot 2 has a FREE shuttle that takes you directly to the Terminal (located on Frederick Lopez Road near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues).

• Short Term Parking Lot = $20 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional)

• Long Term Parking Lot 1 = $12 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional)

• Long Term Parking Lot 2 = $ 9 day ($2 first hour | $1 each additional)

For those picking up passengers and who do not wish to park, please use our new cell phone lots to wait for their arrival. (Next to WWII Memorial off James Fowler Road OR Cell Phone Lot off William Moffett Road at the Slough Overlook). Due to TSA security regulations in place since September 11, 2001, vehicles are not permitted to park at the Terminal curb unless active loading or unloading is taking place.

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Portland Service Begins June 9th

June 10, 2013 

Santa Barbara to Portland, Oregon non-stop seasonal service started this Sunday, June 9th and will run through the end of September on Alaska Airlines.

“We are thrilled to see the return of non-stop service to Portland from our Airport. Portland is now just a quick drive to SBA and a two hour flight away” said Hazel Johns, Assistant Airport Director.

Passengers depart from SBA at 8:00am and arrive in PDX two hours later aboard a 70 seat Bombardier CRJ-700. The CRJ-700 is among the quietest commercially operated jet aircraft, with far less noise and fuel emissions than the limits enforced by even the most environmentally sensitive airports.

Book your flights at Alaska Airlines or call your favorite travel agent!


Memorial Day

May 23, 2013 

Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer travel season and is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Santa Barbara Airport expects Airport traffic to be heaviest on Thursday and Friday (May 23 - 24) and Tuesday (May 28).

Every Memorial Day visitors frequent two distinctive World War II Memorials located at the Santa Barbara Airport. Wreaths will be placed at both memorials in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The first memorial, dedicated in 1948, is located in front of the Airport Administration Building at 601 Norman Firestone Road. A distinctive propeller from a Chance Vought F4U Corsair aircraft is a poignant reminder of the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara and the men and women who served there during World War II. Its plaque states, “This Airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.”

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Historic Terminal Displays

May 3, 2013 

Historic Terminal Display

An Airport History exhibit has been installed at the Santa Barbara Airport's Earle Ovington Terminal. "Santa Barbara Historical Museum staff did an outstanding job on the content and design of the exhibit," said Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director.

City TV is working on an Airport History video that will be available for viewing in the exhibit area. The installation of the video is expected by the end of May.


Major Airports May See Delays

April 19, 2013 

Airline passengers should expect possible flight delays starting Sunday, April 21st, 2013 due to the Department of Transportation’s need to cut $637 million from the FAA’s $16 billion dollar budget. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to cut air traffic control tower staffing by 10 percent at major hubs across the country because of these mandatory budget reductions.

Depending on the time of day, weather conditions, runway configuration, and single or multiple control towers in use, passenger flights could be delayed anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours according to a study made by the FAA on March 29th at several major airports.

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Airline Terminal Project Is Gold!

March 21, 2013 
Santa Barbara Airport’s Airline Terminal Project has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of a few airline terminals in the country to achieve that goal. Demonstrating that sustainability, functionality, comfort and convenience not only co-exist but enhance the traveler’s experience, the 72,000 square foot terminal retains the “Santa Barbara Airport Experience” with its outdoor landscaped spaces, beautiful vistas, and sense of place. Mayor Helene Schneider will accept the award on March 20, 2013 at 10:00am during the celebration of the completion of the Project and the reopening of the historic Earle Ovington Terminal.

The $63 million Airline Terminal Project included a new aircraft parking ramp, airline terminal building, short term parking lot and roadway, and relocation and rehabilitation of the 1942 portion of the Earle Ovington Terminal.

“Right from the start in planning this new Airport Terminal, everyone involved focused on including a strong commitment towards energy efficiency and environmental design. Celebrating the SBA Terminal Project’s LEED Gold certification today is a testament to the City of Santa Barbara’s long history of environmental stewardship,” said Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider.
The new terminal opened for operations in August 2011. It replaced the charming but outgrown 1942 United Airlines’ Terminal which was last expanded in 1976. In 2005 City Council established five key goals for the Airline Terminal Project, one of which was to meet sustainable building requirements for a LEED Silver certification.
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Santa Barbara to Portland Non-Stop - Great Deals from Santa Barbara

February 27, 2013 

Santa Barbara to Portland, Oregon non-stop seasonal service is back starting June 9th through August 23rd on Alaska Airlines.

“We are thrilled to see the return of non-stop service to Portland from our Airport. Portland is now just a quick drive to SBA and a two hour flight away” said Hazel Johns, Assistant Airport Director.

Passengers will depart from SBA and arrive at PDX aboard a 70 seat Bombardier CRJ-700. The CRJ-700 is among the quietest commercially operated jet aircraft, with far less noise and fuel emissions than the limits enforced by even the most environmentally sensitive airports.

Book your flights today on FlySBA.com or call your favorite travel agent!


Santa Barbara Airport Holiday Travel

December 20, 2012 

Holiday Travel

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier than normal travel period between December 21, 2012 and January 2, 2013. During the month of December, passenger volumes at SBA tend to be higher than usual with the busiest days being Friday (December 21) through Wednesday (December 26). To ensure an easy arrival to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport 1.5 hours prior to flight departure time.

For visitors picking up passengers, visit FlySBA.com or download our Free App, both with a live flight schedule that will keep you up to date with the latest departures and arrivals. Passengers may also want to arrive a little early to take advantage of SBA’s many new venues to get a great meal, snack or a drink before catching their flights. For those dropping off or picking up a passenger the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is available for food/beverages pre-security. Click here for a list of food and beverage options.

SBA OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL TIPS:

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Songs of the Season

December 6, 2012 

Songs of the Season

Local school choirs and ensembles will entertain passengers and visitors alike at Santa Barbara Airport’s 2nd Annual Songs of the Season held at the new airline terminal, located at 500 James Fowler Road, December 10th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.

Songs of the Season
will feature Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School Madrigal Singers and A Cappella Choir, Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers, “The MistleTones”, Westmont College Winds and the Young Singers Club.

The schedule of performances is as follows and may be subject to change.

December 10 2:00 pm Westmont College Winds
December 18 1:00 pm The MistleTones
5:00 pm Dos Pueblos High School
December 19 8:30 am Santa Marcos High School Madrigal Singers & A Cappella Choir
5:00 pm The Young Singers
December 20 4:00 pm Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers

The general public is invited to attend. These Holiday performances are sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara, Airport Department.


Holiday Travel at Santa Barbara Airport

November 16, 2012 
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) in anticipation of the nation’s most heavily traveled holiday reminds travelers to plan ahead and arrive early at the Airline Terminal in order to make their holiday experience an easy and pleasant one. The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, November 21 and Sunday, November 25.

Travelers will be excited to see the new changes that have taken place in the last few months with the completion of the Airline Terminal Project. An additional passenger drop off area is located right in front of the newly completed Historic Terminal. Passengers checking bags or who need a boarding pass can now go through the Historic Terminal to the Ticket Lobby entrance of the new terminal. During peak travel times, the Airport is providing a “Curbside Assistant” for passengers who may need extra help with getting their bags to the ticket counter. The new Short Term Parking Lot is open for business and is within steps to the main entrance.

SBA offers the following holiday travel tips:

Plan Ahead – arrive 1.5 hours prior to your flight departure time to find parking, check-in with your airline, and go through security screening. For up to date information download our FREE SBA app or go to FlySBA.com, both with live flight schedules.

Parking – SBA offers both short and long term parking options at the Airline Terminal. Short Term Parking is directly in front of the Airline Terminal with rates starting at $2 for the first hour up to $20/24 hours.
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Veterans Day Fly-Overs Scheduled

November 5, 2012 

On
Saturday, November 10th at 7:15am
, four T-34s will fly over Dos Pueblos High School and Ben Page Center in honor of Veterans Day and the beginning of the Veterans Day Marathon. Later in the morning expect to see the same aircraft fly over La Playa Stadium around 9:30am as the marathon runners approach the finish line.

On Sunday, November 11th at 12:45pm fifteen aircraft will fly over State Street during the Veterans Day Parade as a tribute to citizens who have served their country through military service.

The Santa Barbara Airport World War II Memorials honor the local aviators that gave their lives in service to our country during World War II and the men and women who served at the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara during World War II.

The granite Memorial bears the names of local aviators that perished during WWII and the Marine squadrons that trained at the Airport during the War.

The Corsair Memorial is an actual WWII aircraft propeller with a plaque that states, “This airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.”

Visitors have easy access to the granite WWII Memorial located at 500 Fowler Road near the entrance to the Airline Terminal Long Term Parking lot. The Corsair Memorial is located at 601 Firestone Road, directly west of the Elephant Bar Restaurant off Hollister Avenue.


Naming of Santa Barbara Airline Terminal

September 4, 2012 

The Santa Barbara City Council is now accepting suggestions and public input to name the new airline terminal. At its July 23rd meeting, Council reviewed two requests to name the airline terminal and voted to defer any action on the requests for 90 days allowing time for community members to recommend additional names. Council will resume the airport terminal naming discussion on October 30th.

The City’s Municipal Code establishes the following criteria for the naming of public facilities:

(1) The name commemorates the culture and history of Santa Barbara (first priority); the name commemorates California history;
(2) The individual has made a particularly meritorious and outstanding contribution, over a period of several years, to the general public interest or the interests of the City;
(3) The name has long established local usage, and lends dignity to the facility to be named; or
(4) The name shall be of enduring, honorable fame, not notoriety, and commensurate with the significance of the facility.

Community members who wish to recommend a name for the new airline terminal should write a letter or send an email to the Airport Director. To be considered, the recommendation must be accompanied by an explanation of how the name meets the criteria established for the naming of public facilities. Written suggestions and input must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Karen Ramsdell
Airport Director
601 Firestone Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Travel Tips for Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2012 
Santa Barbara Airport offers the following travel tips to help passengers prepare for an easy and enjoyable Labor Day holiday experience.

Before you leave for the Airport
– Check your bags for prohibited items. You can visit the TSA website for a list.

Reduce wait time by getting a boarding pass online or at a self check-in kiosk at the Airline Terminal. Check if your airline offers paperless boarding passes. Check flight status from home or on your mobile phone by going to FlySBA.com to view our live flight schedule, or download our complimentary SBA app.

Get to the Airport early - Arrive 90 minutes prior to departure. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves plenty of time to find parking, check their luggage and go through the security checkpoint.

Passenger Parking - Long Term Parking Lot 1 is on James Fowler Road and is a short walk to the Airline Terminal and is $12 per day. Long Term Parking Lot 2 is located on Frederic Lopez Road, just off Hollister Avenue near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues to the west. Parking is $9 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Airline Terminal every 10 minutes.

Bring a government-issued photo ID for the security screening process. ID and boarding pass are required to access security screening. Having ID and boarding pass readily available will cut down on wait time in line for everyone. Children under the age of 18 do not require ID. If traveling internationally, please read the tips for International Travelers for passport requirements.
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Options for Picking Up Passengers at SBA

August 8, 2012 


Since September 11th, 2001 TSA Security Regulations have prohibited visitors from waiting in their vehicles for arriving passengers in front of the airline terminal building
. Any vehicle left unattended in front of the Airline Terminal building may be ticketed and towed. Drivers must remain with their vehicle at all times and must be actively loading or unloading passengers and baggage.

In order to make your arrival and departure easy and enjoyable at your Airport we encourage you to use one of the following 3 options when picking up passengers. If your party is not waiting for you at the Airline Terminal front curb when you arrive you may:

  • Park in Long Term Parking Lot 1 - $2 for the first hour. This allows you to come inside the terminal to greet your passenger. (The Short Term Parking Lot directly across from the Airline Terminal will open in early September - $2 for the first hour.)
  • Park in one of our Cell Phone Waiting Areas:

--The World War II Memorial near the east end of the Long Term Parking Lot off of James Fowler Road has parking spaces available for limited time use.

--The Goleta Slough Overlook south of the Airline Terminal directly across from the Hwy 217 Sandspit Exit on William Moffett Place also has parking spaces available.

Waiting in your vehicle at the bus stop across the street from the terminal is prohibited. Vehicles create a safety hazard for bicyclists riding in the bike lane.

We appreciate you using the Santa Barbara Airport and look forward to the completion of the Airline Terminal Project in September 2012.

Santa Barbara Airport – Easy Come. Easy Go!


RFQ - Runway Pavement Rehabilition & Addendum #1

July 27, 2012 

Updated Addendum #1

Read the full RFQ

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT RUNWAYS 15L-33R & 15L-33R, PAVEMENT REHABILITATION AND AIRPORT SECURITY FENCE PROJECTS

Introduction & Project Description
The City of Santa Barbara is requesting Statements of Qualifications and Proposals from engineering firms to perform planning, design, and services during construction for rehabilitation of general aviation runways, and construction of a new security fence at the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).

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Pilot/Controller Meeting

July 24, 2012 

Wednesday, July 25th 7:00pm
Airport Visitor's Center
45 Hartley Place
Santa Barbara, CA

Discussion Topics

Santa Barbara Tower/TRACON Standard Operating Procedures

  • Santa Barbara Clearance Delivery - Why We Issue Headings Instead of SID's
  • New Airport Hotspots - Ground Control Routes and Hold Instructions
  • Open Forum

Airport Master Plan Public Open House

July 9, 2012 

The Santa Barbara Airport invites interested members of the public to attend the second of four public information workshops on July 11, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm to discuss the ongoing preparation of a new Master Plan for the Santa Barbara Airport.

Workshop Location:
Santa Barbara Airport Administration Building
601 Firestone Road Santa Barbara, California 93117
(Next to the Elephant Bar Restaurant)

The workshop will be an open house format with exhibits on display, along with Airport staff and aviation consultants on hand to answer questions regarding the Airport and the planning process. This workshop will focus on demand and capacity issues as well as facility requirements for the Airport. Anyone interested may drop by between 6:00pm and 7:30pm.

The Airport Master Plan is an evaluation of current and forecasted airport activity, facility requirements, and a review of various alternatives for Santa Barbara Airport. The objective of the Airport Master Plan is to provide guidance for future development which will satisfy aviation demand in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner while adhering to appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety design standards. Through coordinated review by the City of Santa Barbara, the FAA, airport users, and the public, a recommended development concept will evolve which serves as a guide to realistic and achievable airport development.

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July 4th Busier Than Usual

July 2, 2012 
July Fourth
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
anticipates a busier-than-usual travel period this Fourth of July holiday. To make it an easy and enjoyable experience, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves 90 minutes to find parking, check their luggage and go through security to ensure that easy walk to the gate. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited and should be left at home.

For easy access to the Airline Terminal, take advantage of Long Term Parking Lot 2 and the FREE shuttle that takes you directly to the Terminal (located on Frederick Lopez Road near the corner of Hollister and Fairview.) Or park in Long Term Parking Lot 1 located adjacent to the Terminal.

At Santa Barbara Airport it’s all about easy - five major airlines, six major hubs – easy access to anywhere in the world. Need to be connected? – use our complimentary WiFi. This summer enjoy our new seasonal service to Portland on Alaska Airlines through August 25th!

Long Term Parking Lot 1 = $12 day
Long Term Parking Lot 2 = $ 9 day

The Santa Barbara Airport is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara and serves nearly 725,000 passengers annually.

Pilot/Controller Meet and Greet

June 25, 2012 

Pilot/Controller Meet And Greet

Discussion Topics

Santa Barbara Tower/TRACON Standard Operating Procedures

1.Runway Configurations
2.VFR Pattern Entry/Departure
3.IFR Arrivals/Departures/Missed Approaches
4.Noise Abatement Procedures
5.Radar Sites and Site Coverage

Non-Standard Procedures

1.VFR Crosswind/Downwind Departures and Arrivals
2.Uncommon Runway Configurations
3.Opposite Direction Arrivals and Departures

Pilot Comments/Concerns

1.Open Forum

Controller Comments/Concerns

Possibility of Renaming FBO Ramps


Request for Qualifications

June 15, 2012 


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT RUNWAYS 15L-33R & 15L-33R, PAVEMENT REHABILITATION AND AIRPORT SECURITY FENCE PROJECTS


Introduction & Project Description.
The City of Santa Barbara is requesting Statements of Qualifications and Proposals from engineering firms to perform planning, design, and services during construction for rehabilitation of general aviation runways, and construction of a new security fence at the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).

The runways have not had any major maintenance in 10-15 years and are in need of rehabilitation. It is expected that the rehabilitation will include a variable depth grind and overlay. As part of the runway work. SBA also wishes to address a problem incursion area at the intersection of RW 15L-15R, Taxiway C and Taxiway B. This area needs to be studied and options need to be developed that would make the intersection look more like a conventional runway taxiway intersection. SBA expects that this would be accomplished by removing pavement that is not really necessary.
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Alaska Airlines Begins Service to Portland June 4th

June 1, 2012 

Alaska Airlines Begins Service To Portland June 4Th

Alaska Airlines will begin non-stop seasonal service between Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and Portland, Oregon (PDX) starting Monday, June 4th. In cooperation with Portland, both departing and arriving passengers on this inaugural flight will receive gift bags containing Santa Barbara and Portland souvenirs as they board their plane for the short two-hour flight.

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World War II Memorials

May 23, 2012 

World War II Memorials

Every Memorial Day visitors frequent two distinctive WWII Memorials located at the Santa Barbara Airport; a granite obelisk Memorial near the Airline Terminal and a Corsair propeller Memorial located at the Administrative Offices. The granite Memorial bears the names of local aviators that perished during WWII and the Marine squadrons that trained at the Airport during the War. This Memorial at Vista Point was dedicated in a special ceremony May 2010 with local veteran groups and community dignitaries. It is situated in reflective setting with slate walkways, olive trees, stone benches and interpretive signage.

The Corsair Memorial is an actual WWII aircraft propeller with a plaque that states, “This airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.” Visitor access to the memorials is convenient since the granite Memorial is located at 500 Fowler Road near the entrance to Terminal long term parking and the propeller Memorial is located at 601 Firestone Road, directly west of the Elephant Bar Restaurant off Hollister Avenue. Twentieth century history of the Santa Barbara Airport shows it was quickly transformed in 1942 by the U.S. government from a sleepy local airport to a Marine Corps Air Station to support national defense.

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Wings Of Freedom Tour At SBA

May 10, 2012 

Wings of Freedom

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport from May 14 to May 16.

In honor of our WWII Veterans ~ The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour
Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour

WHAT:
Participating in the Collings Foundation’s WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang, will fly into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport in Santa Barbara, CA for a visit from May 14 to May 16. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only 10 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.

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Isla Vista Elementary a California Distinguished School

May 3, 2012 

Isla Vista Elementary School Students

Isla Vista Elementary School (our Adopt-A-School-partner since 1991) was recently named a California Distinguished School. Tim Lawton, our Education Liaison works closely with Isla Vista throughout the year.

To help celebrate this wonderful achievement by the students, teachers and Principal Maglione, we asked UCSB's Athletic Department if they would be willing to bring their soccer teams to the school and talk about what it meant to be a champion. Greg Curry, the men's assistant soccer coach spoke, along with all the players about the importance of going to college, working hard and staying in school. A soccer ball was then presented to Principal Maglione on behalf of UCSB and the Airport.

Check out our Facebook page to see photographs of the assembly, students and UCSB soccer players!


Temporary Short Term Parking To Close

January 5, 2012 
Santa Barbara Airport's final phase of construction for the Airline Terminal Project requires that the temporary Short-Term Parking lot be closed to allow for realignment of the roadway. Effective Sunday, January 8, the temporary Short-Term Parking lot will be closed.

Effective Monday, January 9, Long-Term Parking Lot 1 at the Airline Terminal will be used for all on-site parking. The Airline Terminal Project is in its last phase of construction. The new Short Term Parking Lot and airline terminal road will also be completed in this phase, all of which should be finalized by June 2012. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Starting February 1, 2012, parking fees for Long-Term Parking Lot 1 will be adjusted as follows:

0-60 minutes $2 Each add’l hour $1 Maximum 24 hour $12

We encourage passengers to park in Long Term Parking Lot 2 off of Hollister Avenue and Frederick Lopez Road during this phase of construction and take advantage of the FREE shuttle that takes you directly to the Airline Terminal every 8-10 minutes.

Parking Lot 2 Rates: 0-60 minutes $2 Each add’l hour $1 Maximum 24 hour $9

There will be no interruptions to flight operations throughout the Airline Terminal Project.

Airline Terminal Project - Phase 3 Diagram

Celebrate The Opening Of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf !

November 22, 2011 

Santa Barbara Airport will be celebrating the opening of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the main lobby of the Airline Terminal Monday, November 28th.. At 9:00am Mayor Helene Schneider will cut the red ribbon. As part of the celebration, the newly located concession will be offering a pastry tasting as well as 10% off on all coffees and teas.

Departing passengers can relax and enjoy the upstairs Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or the Costa Terraza Restaurant & Tapas Bar. For last minute gifts, visit Santa Barbara News & Gifts then sit back, relax, and enjoy our Santa Barbara views while you wait to board your plane.

Come and join us at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf grand opening and see what’s new at SBA!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Santa Barbara Airport

November 18, 2011 



In anticipation of the nation’s most heavily traveled holiday, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) reminds travelers to plan ahead and arrive early. The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27.

Visitors will notice construction around the Airport environment and should use extra caution when driving in this area. Travelers are encouraged to park in Long Term Parking Lot 2 off of Hollister Avenue and Frederick Lopez Road and use the free Airport Parking Shuttle for easy access to and from the airline terminal.

The Airline Terminal Project is in its last phase of construction. The former airline terminal has been deconstructed leaving the original 7,000 square foot 1942 building. The building will be relocated to the site of the new airline terminal. The refurbished historic terminal will house the Airport Security Operations Center and parking lot operations. The new Short Term Parking Lot and airline terminal road will also be completed in this phase, all of which should be finalized by June 2012.

SBA offers the following holiday travel tips:
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Veterans Day 2011

November 10, 2011 

Veterans Day 2011

The Santa Barbara Airport World War II Memorials honor the local aviators that gave their lives in service to our country during World War II and the men and women who served at the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara during World War II.

The granite Memorial bears the names of local aviators that perished during WWII and the Marine squadrons that trained at the Airport during the War.

The Corsair Memorial is an actual WWII aircraft propeller with a plaque that states, “This airport is dedicated to the memory of the pilots and air crews of the United States Marine Corps trained at this station who gave their lives to the country. Semper Fidelis. May 5, 1948.”

Visitor access to the memorials is convenient since the granite Memorial is located at 500 Fowler Road near the entrance to Terminal long term parking and the propeller Memorial is located at 601 Firestone Road, directly west of the Elephant Bar Restaurant off Hollister Avenue.


Airline Terminal Lane Closures

October 9, 2011 
Airline Terminal Lane Closures


Beginning on Monday, October 24, 2011, as part of the Airline Terminal Project, the Airport will experience intermittent lane closures within the Airline Terminal loop road due to the construction of roadway and infrastructure improvements. These intermittent closures are scheduled to continue until the end of the project. Additionally, with the lane closures, all commercial vendor deliveries will take place on the passenger drop off lane. Visitors to the Airport are encouraged to use extra caution when driving in this area. Travelers are encouraged to park in Long Term Parking Lot 2, off of Hollister Avenue and Frederick Lopez Road, and to use the free Airport Shuttle for easy access to and from the airline terminal.

The Airline Terminal Project is in its last phase of construction. The former airline terminal has been deconstructed leaving the original 7,000 square foot 1942 building. The building will be relocated to the site of the new airline terminal. The refurbished historic terminal will house the Airport Security Operations Center and parking lot operations. The new Short Term Parking Lot and airline terminal road will also be completed in this phase, all of which should be finalized by June 2012.

There will be no interruptions to flight operations throughout this phase of the Airline Terminal Project.

Airline Terminal Project - Phase 3 Diagram


Airline Terminal Project Enters Final Phase

September 23, 2011 
Airline Terminal Project Enters Final Phase

Santa Barbara Airport began the final milestone in the Airline Terminal Project. Phase 3 consists of the relocation and rehabilitation of the historic portion of the former terminal building and construction of a new short term parking lot and terminal roadway. Passengers should expect to see a 60’ crane, used for soil preparation and stabilization, outside the Airline Terminal’s north-east corner starting Friday, September 23 and continuing for the next three weeks.

Already in Progress:
• Deconstruction of the non-historic portions of the old airline terminal
• Demolition of the former rental car building on William Moffett Road (complete)
• New entrance/exit to the Rental Car Return Lot (complete)

Sustainable Santa Barbara:

One of the features of the Airline Terminal Project is its sustainable design. As part of that effort, the rehabilitation of the historic portion of the former terminal involves the reuse of all existing red roof tile. Also the majority of all concrete and asphalt being deconstructed will be reused to build the new loop road and short term parking lot.

Airline Terminal Project - Phase 3 Diagram

Santa Barbara Airport Receives $700,000 Federal Grant

September 13, 2011 
Santa Barbara Airport Receives $700,000 Federal Grant

Santa Barbara Airport will receive a $700,000 federal grant to develop a new Master Plan as was announced today by Congresswoman Lois Capps. The grant, which is awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), will be used to identify future needs at the Airport.

Airport Director Karen Ramsdell expressed her pleasure about the grant award adding, “Through the vision of Congress many decades ago, the Airport Improvement Program was established to fund infrastructure critical to the nation’s air transportation system. The Program was, and continues, to be funded by the system users, not the general taxpayer.”

Assistant Airport Director Hazel Johns explained what the new Master Plan will entail, “The Airport has implemented all the projects approved in its 2002 Master Plan and, as required by the FAA, it is time to develop a new Master Plan. This Master Plan will focus on any airfield safety improvements that may be recommended and facilities for general aviation.”

Ms. Ramsdell also said that over the past ten years, the Santa Barbara Airport has received over $65 million in AIP grants that have funded airfield safety improvements and contributed to the funding of the Airport’s new airline terminal. Commenting on the Airport’s economic impact to the region, she stated that, “Santa Barbara Airport is an important economic asset of this region and the projects funded by AIP grants provide jobs in the engineering and construction industries, material suppliers, and ancillary support businesses.”

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara; serving over 750,000 passengers annually.


New SBA Airline Terminal Takes Flight

August 16, 2011 

New SBA Terminal Takes Flight

The new Santa Barbara Airport Airline Terminal will open for business on Thursday, August 18 (August 17 for planes arriving after 10 p.m.). The new 72,000 square foot terminal boasts streamlined passenger services with one airline ticket lobby, one passenger security screening area, one spacious departure lounge with five boarding gates, and one baggage claim area which includes all rental car counters. For passenger convenience, complimentary WiFi is available throughout the building.


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New Terminal Operational This Summer

June 23, 2011 


The new Santa Barbara Airport Airline Terminal is nearing completion and is expected to become fully operational this summer. The $63 million project also includes a new aircraft parking ramp, a new airline terminal building including site preparation and soil stabilization, relocation and rehabilitation of the 1942 portion of the existing terminal, a new short term parking lot and roadway. The 72,000 square foot terminal was designed in the tradition of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style which defines the City of Santa Barbara’s local culture and sense of place.

Some of the passenger benefits of the new terminal are:

• More comfortable seating areas
• More efficient airline check-in
• Enhanced baggage claim area
• Improved food service and concessions
• Adequate parking and access
• Centralized services under one roof
• Protection from rain and weather
• Preservation of ambiance

The new Airline Terminal is registered...(read more)
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Grand Opening Events Scheduled This Month

May 10, 2011 
Grand Opening Events

Grand Opening Events:

Events for the new terminal will take place this month prior to the building opening for business so visitors are able to access all the public areas of the terminal without the need for a boarding pass. There are two public grand opening events to mark this historic milestone:


“The Art of Travel” Gala
- Friday, June 17th 6 – 10 p.m: This event is a fundraiser for the new Airline Terminal Public Art Program and is funded solely by ticket sales and sponsorships*. Gala tickets are $125 per person with availability at FlySBA.com or via a check to the City of Santa Barbara, mail to Airport Department, 601 Firestone Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. Gala highlights include the official ‘unveiling’ of the new public art works with the artists in attendance, a champagne red carpet welcome, live jazz music, international cuisine and wine tastings, photo portraits with Clay Lacy's restored 1945 DC3 aircraft, and silent auction travel packages. All ticket holders have a chance to win a $500 Frontier Airlines’ travel voucher. Parking will be located at the Fairview Corporate Center, 420 S. Fairview Ave with Santa Barbara Trolley transportation to and from the new terminal to avoid impacting passenger operations in the terminal vicinity. [see end note for media event]
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Santa Barbara Airport New Iphone & Ipad App

May 5, 2011 
iOS App Announced


The new Apps provide efficiency in accessing the most asked-for information by Santa Barbara Airport passengers. “The Airport’s new easy-to-navigate iPhone and Android App is a reliable guide for all Airport users whether they are frequent travelers or a first time visitor,” said Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director.

SBA is one of a handful of U.S. airports to have such an advanced custom Smart Phone App to serve its passengers on the Android platform in addition to the equally popular iPad and iPhone Apps.

Airport Launches Free Android APP

February 8, 2011 
APP news

The first Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) App is now available in the Android marketplace for downloading on Smart Phones. This version 1.0 App, which is available free of charge, features live arrival and departure flight schedules, provides links to the airline and rental car companies that serve SBA, as well as Airport parking information. SBA also plans to introduce Apps for iPhones and iPads by March 15th.

The new Apps provide efficiency in accessing the most asked-for information by Santa Barbara Airport passengers. “The Airport’s new easy-to-navigate Android App is a reliable guide for all Airport users whether they are frequent travelers or a first time visitor,” said Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director.

SBA is one of a handful of U.S. airports to have such an advanced custom Smart Phone App to serve its passengers on the Android platform in addition to the equally popular iPad and iPhone Apps.

Popular Airport Sculpture To Be Refurbished

January 31, 2011 
Popular Airport Sculpture To Be Refurbished

The "Good Time Clock IV 1984" created by sculptor George Rhoads has been on display at the Santa Barbara Airport and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors since 1990. The popular rolling ball machine contained in a plexi-glass case sits in the airfield courtyard of the Airline Terminal and is sorely in need of repairs due to worn out parts.

Beginning February 1st, the iconic kinetic sculpture synonymous with the Santa Barbara Airport experience will undergo a complete overhaul. The piece has been on long-term loan from the David Bermant Foundation and will return later this year when the new Terminal becomes operational. The Foundation and the Airport are having the piece refurbished for future generations of Airport visitors.

The "Good Time Clock IV 1984" was just one of Rhoads’ experiments with physical sources of energy, light and sound, in order to expand the possibilities of art. It will be incorporated into the Airport’s new Public Art Program that will also include pieces of art on loan from Santa Barbara County and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission as well as commissioned works, and rotating exhibits by regional artists.

George Rhoads, a painter, sculptor, and one of America’s first origami masters, was born in 1926 in Chicago. He is best known for the large audio-kinetic sculptures that attract and engage people throughout the world. Balls roll and percussion devices clatter and chime in airports, hospitals, art museums, science museums, shopping centers and other public places.


Holiday Travel Tips For December

December 17, 2010 
Holiday Travel for December

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
anticipates a busier than normal travel period between December 17, 2010 and January 3, 2011. During the month of December, passenger volumes at SBA tend to be higher than usual with the busiest days being Friday (December 17) through Sunday (December 26). However, passengers should be aware of an expanded travel window through Sunday, January 2. To ensure a smooth visit to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport two hours prior to flight departure time.

SBA offers the following tips:
• Plan Ahead – Use caution when traveling through the Airport drop-off road and obey reduced speed limits. Plan to arrive two (2) hours prior to your flight departure time to find parking (which may include shuttling from the off-site parking lot), check-in with your airline, and go through security screening to get to the boarding gate on-time.

• Pack Smart – Know what items are accepted or prohibited through security and on the aircraft, including food and beverage items. Check www.tsa.gov for more information. As a reminder, gifts should not be wrapped as they are subject to search, even if placed in checked baggage. The TSA liquid restrictions remain in place; bottled water and liquids over 3 oz. are prohibited through security screening at the boarding gates.

• Parking – SBA offers long and short term parking options at the Terminal. Remote parking is available at Long Term Parking Lot 2 on Frederick Lopez Road, off Hollister Avenue near Fairview Ave. All parking lots are automated - accepting payment via cash or credit card.

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SBA Director To Share Updates At Public Meetings

October 12, 2010 
SBA Director To Share Updates At Public Meetings

Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director, will be making two public presentations regarding air service development for commercial airlines at Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) this month. The topics include current non-stop routes and recent route gains and losses as well as background information and an outlook for future commercial airline options at SBA. She will also give a brief update on the construction progress of the new airline terminal that is scheduled for completion in summer 2011.

The first public presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th at 2 p.m. for the Santa Barbara City Council Meeting in Council Chambers at 735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The Council meetings are televised live on Channel 18 and also viewable anytime on the City’s website at http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Government/Video/. Kevin Schorr, air service consultant, will also present air service information about how the Airport works to attract airlines to serve SBA.

The second public presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th at 7 p.m. for the Airport Commission Meeting at the Administrative Offices at 601 Firestone Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. Or viewers can watch this meeting that is taped for later telecasts on Channel 18. The government access programming schedule is available at http://www.citytv18.com/meetings.htm

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Santa Barbara Airport Conducts a Full Scale Emergency Exercise

September 30, 2010 
Emergency Drill Practice

A full-scale disaster exercise of the Santa Barbara Airport Emergency Plan will take place Wednesday, October 6, between 10 a.m. and noon. The purpose of the exercise is for local emergency organizations to gain practice and preparedness for a mutual aid response in the event of a major aircraft disaster. Agencies participating in this year’s drill include:
  • City of Santa Barbara Airport, Police and Fire Departments and Office of Emergency Services
  • Santa Barbara County Fire, Sheriff, Coroner’s and Office of Emergency Services
  • City of Goleta
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • California Highway Patrol
  • American Medical Response
  • American Red Cross
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • American Eagle Airlines
  • Mesa Air
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Atlantic Aviation
  • UCSB Campus Police and Medical Response
  • Santa Barbara City College – medical emergency role-playing volunteers
  • Metropolitan Transit District – loan of bus to simulate a commercial aircraft

The mock scenario for the full-scale exercise (read more...)

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SBA Offers Travel Tips For The Labor Day Holiday

September 1, 2010 

Labor Day Travel By Air Tips

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period from Thursday, September 2 through Tuesday, September 7 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. More than 15,000 passengers traveled through SBA during the same time period in 2009 with the busiest travel days being the Friday before and Monday of Labor Day. For the latest travel tips and security requirements, log on to http://www.flysba.com/travel_info/travel_tips

PLAN AHEAD
Passengers and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves 90 minutes to two hours to find parking, check their luggage and go through the security checkpoint to ensure they are at their gate in time for their flight. A Goleta Sanitary District sewer main replacement project is underway on south Fairview Avenue between the Airline Terminal and Hollister Avenue causing brief delays. Travelers are advised to use highway 217 when traveling from the south to avoid the construction. Those passengers driving to the Airport from the north and wishing to park their vehicles are advised to use the Fairview Avenue exit and park in Long Term Parking Lot 2 for complimentary shuttle transport to the Airline Terminal.


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Youth Art Mural Unveiling At Santa Barbara Airport

July 15, 2010 
Youth Mural
Local youth have created an impressive 80 foot mural for the Santa Barbara Airport to welcome visitors and give the Airline Terminal area a friendlier atmosphere during building construction. The mural entitled, “Postcards of Travel” will be ‘unveiled’ in a special ceremony with Mayor Schneider on Monday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at the Terminal. This event will kick-off the new Art-In-Public-Places Program that was developed for the new Airline Terminal that is under construction and expected to be completed early next year.

The Airport-sponsored mural was a project of Santa Barbara Arts Alliance, a special program of Neighborhood & Outreach Services (NOS) of the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department. Local and underserved youth were recruited by NOS staff to participate in the project on a volunteer basis. Participants were involved from the early stages of project conceptualization, design, and final mural painting. Photographic images and tours of the Airport were provided to the participants to inspire the student artists. (read more...)
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SBA Offers Travel Tips For Busy Fourth Of July Weekend

June 30, 2010 
The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier-than-usual travel period from Thursday, July 1 through Monday, July 5 during the Fourth of July holiday. Visitors to Santa Barbara Airport during this time should be aware of ongoing construction at the Airport and adhere to all posted speed limits.

Please PLAN AHEAD


Passengers and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and give themselves 90 minutes to two hours to find parking, check their luggage and go through the security checkpoint to ensure they are at their gate in time for their flight. For the latest travel tips and security requirements, log on to www.flysba.com. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited and should be left at home.

PARKING OPTIONS
For parking availability call 805.967.4566 or for directions to SBA, visit: http://www.flysba.com/travel_info/directions_to_sba

Short Term Parking and Long Term Parking Lot 1 are located adjacent to the Terminal at a rate of $20 per day for Short Term Parking and $9 per day for Long Term Parking. The first 15 minutes are free in the Short Term Lot for those dropping-off and picking-up passengers.

Long Term Parking Lot 2, located on Frederic Lopez Road near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues is $9 per day with free shuttle service to/from the Terminal every 10 minutes. To save time, Long Term Parkers may opt to drive directly to Long Term Parking Lot 2 since Long Term Parking Lot 1 at the Terminal is close to capacity today.

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara and serves nearly 850,000 passengers annually. The Airport is served by 6 commercial passenger airlines serving 7 non-stop destinations in the United States with hundreds of one-stop connecting possibilities worldwide.

Fairview Avenue Construction

June 21, 2010 
Fairview Avenue Construction

The Goleta Sanitary District is scheduled to begin a sewer line replacement construction project this week on south Fairview Avenue. Vehicular access to the Airline Terminal (500 James Fowler Road) will be impeded on Fairview between Hollister Avenue and James Fowler Road. During the six-month construction period, traffic into the Airline Terminal area via Fairview Avenue will be subject to 1-5 five minute delays each way.

Since traffic is normally heavy on this stretch of roadway due to passengers, Airline Terminal employees, rental car ‘turn-arounds,’ parking lot shuttles, taxis, and Goleta Beach visitors, alternate routes and avoiding the area are advised whenever possible.

To avoid delays when traveling on highway 101 from the south, passengers and other visitors to the Airline Terminal should use highway 217; taking the Sandspit Road exit onto Moffett Place.
Passengers are also advised to arrive earlier than the usual (2 hours prior to flight departure time) if they plan to use Long Term Parking Lot 2 off Hollister Avenue as the complimentary airport shuttle travel time to the Airline Terminal will be affected by the construction.

The Goleta Sanitary District’s south Fairview sewer project will install a new trunk sewer main between James Fowler Road and Hollister Avenue. Construction will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with some night work as well.

Project contacts:
Alan Lash 963.3553 Lash Construction
John Corral 967.4519 Goleta Sanitary District

Santa Barbara Airport is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara and serves nearly 850,000 passengers annually.
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Inauguration Of Frontier Airlines

June 2, 2010 

Inauguration of Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines will begin non-stop service between Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and Denver International Airport on Friday, June 4th. Weekday flights will depart at 6:40 a.m. and 3 p.m. aboard 99-passenger Embraer 190 jets, the largest commercial aircraft at SBA.

Inauguration remarks will be made by Mayor Helene Schneider, Airport Director Karen Ramsdell and Frontier Vice President Daniel Shurz in the Airline Terminal courtyard at 2 p.m. on June 4th. As part of the celebration, the Airport’s aircraft rescue and fire fighting team will spray a traditional water arch over the aircraft as it departs the terminal ramp to taxi to the runway.

While United has provided nonstop service to Denver for decades, the number of outbound seats began to steadily decline several years ago. Even with three daily departures aboard regional jets this summer, the average passenger loads are forecasted to be over 90% full, which would force a significant number of local passengers to drive to LAX. But with the addition of the Frontier service and extra seat capacity, travelers in the tri-counties can reach Denver and beyond, alleviating the inconvenience of driving out of town to catch a plane.

Frontier Airlines provides connecting service through Denver to 72 cities in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica giving local residents and visitors to region a greater array of options. Frontier is a low-cost carrier with a solid reputation for high-quality customer service.

Travel Tips For Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2010 
Tips for Memorial Day Travel

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer travel season and is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) expects airport traffic to be heaviest on Friday (May 28) and Tuesday (June 1). In 2009, nearly 13,000 passengers traveled through SBA between the Friday before and the Tuesday after Memorial Day.

Visitors to SBA during the Memorial Day holiday weekend should be aware of ongoing construction activity near the Terminal. Passengers and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and allow at least 90 minutes to find parking, check their luggage and go through the security checkpoint to ensure they are at their gate in time for their flight.

As part of SBA’s Airline Terminal Project, construction is underway with the new Terminal scheduled to open in spring 2011. During construction, visitors may need to park in the off-site Long Term Parking Lot 2 off Hollister Avenue and take the shuttle back to the Terminal. Visitors to SBA are encouraged to exercise caution when navigating Airport roadways and follow posted speed limits.

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Frontier Airlines To Denver June 4!

May 17, 2010 

Schedules
for the new Santa Barbara service:

Santa Barbara – Denver (Effective June 4, 2010)
Departs 6:30 am - Arrives 9:55am Daily (Except Sunday) Aircraft E190
Departs 3:00 pm - Arrives 6:22pm Daily

Denver – Santa Barbara (Effective June 4, 2010)
Departs 12:35 pm Arrives 2:05 pm Daily Aircraft E190
Departs 9:10 pm Arrives 10:40 pm Daily (Except Saturday)

*Service for the 6:30 a.m. flight begins June 5, 2010


Learn To Fly Day!

May 10, 2010 

Learn to fly day!

On May 15th, 2010 from 10-5 Above All Aviation will be sponsoring International Learn to Fly Day here at SBA. Not only will our school be open for free seminars we will also be raffling off 1 discovery flight after each session. If they all fill up that will be 7 free flights! The local chapter of the 99's , EAA, Santa Barbarba Flying club and the Civil Air Patrol will all have displays, some will include aircraft other with information about there organizations. Above All Aviation is reaching out to all these organizations and the community to promote not only the joys of flying but to make GA more of a community. Where we all share our experiences with each other. This is just one of the events we will sponsor in the coming year.

Register at http://www.learntoflyday.com/ or http://www.aboveallaviationsba.com/blog/.com for more information.

Or call Shawn Sullivan at 805-455-3575.


Ribbon Cutting For Airport Rental Car Service Facility

May 5, 2010 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Airport Car Rental Facility

The City of Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will "cut the ribbon" for the Airport’s recently constructed consolidated rental car service facility in a ceremony with community leaders at 25 David Love Place on Thursday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. The rental car facility has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Marilyn Farmer, Local Chapter President of the U.S. Green Building Council, will present a LEED Gold plaque to Mayor Schneider and Karen Ramsdell, Airport Director, during the event tomorrow.

The rental car facility was designed to meet LEED guidelines that include energy and water efficiency, indoor environment quality, solid waste reduction, renewable energy generation, and the use of green building materials. The facility is the first Gold Certified LEED building constructed by the City of Santa Barbara under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for new construction (NC). This achievement took considerable effort as exemplified by being one of just 129 Gold Certified LEED-NC buildings in California.

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New Self-Service Fuel At SBA

April 22, 2010 

MAG Aviation Fuel

A New Aircraft Self-Service Fuel Station became operational April 15, 2010. MAG Aviation installed a self-serve fuel station on the aircraft ramp near the northwest end of Cecil Cook Place (old USFS ramp). The project was constructed in response to private aircraft owner requests for another fuel service option at SBA. The Avgas fuel station primarily serves aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less. Fuel costs may be below those offered at the two fixed based operators on the airfield.

Read this press release from MAG Aviation Fuel and more information about the B17 at Santa Barbara Airport.


B17 Flying Fortress At SBA

March 30, 2010 

B17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Tour Sponsored by EAA 527 Arrives at Santa Barbara Airport April 23-25, 2010.

To book a flight please call 1-800-359-6217 or go to the website www.B17.org

B-17 location on field – South of Hangar 1 - Junction of Arnold Place and Cook Place.

Pricing for flights
Pre-book - for EAA members $359, for non-members $399
Walk-up – for EAA members $385, for non-members $425

Self Guided Ground Tours daily from 2-5 pm. Cost $5 per adult, $15 per family.
Active Military or Veterans free.

EAA is offering historic flight experiences in its beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.” One of only 14 Fortress's still flying, this aircraft is an icon of the Allied strategic bombing effort that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. Unlike reading a history book, you can actually fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent machine, just as those brave young men did more than 60 years ago


LEED Gold At Santa Barbara Airport QTA

February 23, 2010 

Santa Barbara Airport's new rental car service facility achieves LEED Gold!

The Santa Barbara Airport’s recently constructed rental car service facility at 25 David Love Place has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. While vehicle rentals remain adjacent to the Airline Terminal, the ‘quick-turn-around’ (QTA) operation off Hollister Avenue replaces the rental car service area at the Terminal. The new 3.6 acre QTA facility includes a 10,000 square foot light maintenance and support building, car wash bays, a fueling operation, and secure storage for more than 300 vehicles.


Frontier Announces Intro Fares For Santa Barbara Service

February 16, 2010 

Frontier Announces Intro Fares from Santa Barbara Airport with service to begin June 4, 2010, with fares as low as $99* each way!

DENVER (Feb. 14, 2010) – Frontier Airlines today announced introductory fares for its new twice-daily nonstop service between Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) and Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning June 4, 2010. Frontier customers can now purchase tickets to/from Santa Barbara, Calif. for as low as $99* each way. Sale-priced tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MT April 15, for travel through Sept. 28, 2010. These intro fares can be booked on our Web site at FrontierAlines.com.

Frontier’s Santa Barbara service will be flown by the Embraer E190 aircraft. Customers on board this 99-seat aircraft enjoy comfortable leather seating in a two-by-two configuration. In addition, all of the E190 aircraft have several rows of STRETCH seating, which provides an additional five inches of comfortable legroom.

For a complete list of fares to all of Frontier’s destinations from Santa Barbara.


Frontier Adds New Nonstop Service From Santa Barbara

February 9, 2010 

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Adds New Nonstop Service from Santa Barbara Service to/from Denver begins June 4, 2010.

DENVER (Feb. 4, 2010) – Frontier Airlines today announced its summer 2010 schedule with the exciting addition of new twice daily nonstop service between Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) and Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning June 4, 2010. Fares for this new service will be available for sale on FrontierAirlines.com beginning Feb. 14, 2010.

“This is a very exciting day for Frontier Airlines,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s vice president of planning and strategy. “With the delivery of three new Airbus A320s and additional E190s this spring we are able to expand our service to new and underserved markets out of Denver. Customers in Santa Barbara can now look forward to Frontier’s excellent customer service and affordable fares as they travel to/from Denver and beyond.”

Frontier’s Santa Barbara service will be flown by the Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers on board this 99-seat aircraft enjoy comfortable leather seating in a two-by-two configuration. In addition, all of the E190 aircraft have several rows of STRETCH seating, which provides an additional five inches of comfortable legroom.


SBA Call For Artists

December 18, 2009 

SBA Call for Artists

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is seeking artists to create and apply
design elements to be incorporated in the structure of the new Airline Terminal. A request for proposals is being released today as a ‘Call for Artists’ in three categories:1) stenciling of wooden ceiling beams; 2) wrought iron embellishments for interior railings; and 3) floor medallion design and installation in the rotunda of Terminal’s north entrance. These opportunities are part of the Airport’s Public Art Program.
The finished works will be viewed by over 2,000 people daily.

As an important community gateway, SBA is committed to providing a venue for public art that enriches the visitors experience and reflects the history and culture of the region. The SBA Public Art Program has four major components:

• Existing Art: Inclusion and relocation of the Good Time Clock by George Rhoades and the Albatross - Golden Glider by Dustin Shuler courtesy of the Bermant Foundation.

• Commissioned Art: Various pieces sponsored by the Airport, Santa Barbara Beautiful and the Pierre Claeyssens Museum.

• Long-Term Loan Art: Fiesta (1984) mural by Channing Peake, on loan from the Santa BarbaraCounty Arts Commission; and a large 1930’s courthouse lantern on loan from the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation that will hang in the main entrance hall of the new Airline Terminal.

• Regional Art: Artwork in various media by regional artists will be displayed on a rotating basis throughout the year.

To launch the new Art Program, murals created by local students will be installed on the construction fence around the Airline Terminal building site in 2010.


Holiday Travel Tips For SBA Passengers

December 17, 2009 

Holiday Travel Tips

Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier than normal travel period between December 18, 2009 and January 4, 2010. During the month of December, passenger volumes at SBA tend to be higher than usual with the busiest days being Friday (December 18) through Sunday (December 27). However, passengers should be aware of an expanded travel window through Sunday, January 4. To ensure a smooth visit to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport two hours prior to flight departure time.

SBA offers the following tips: (read more...)

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Flight Delays Due To ILS Out Of Service This Weekend

December 12, 2009 
Air Traffic Controllers

Flights could be redirected from the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) this weekend due to the ILS being out of service if there is low visibiility due to rain or fog.The ILS being out of service during inclement weather has caused delays of arrivals and departures this afternoon, and is likely to continue through Monday. To find out more details, read more...

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Call For New Airline Terminal Concessionaires

November 24, 2009 
The Santa Barbara Airport’s (SBA) new larger Airline Terminal is currently under construction with completion expected in early 2011. The new Terminal will have additional space for multiple food & beverage and retail units for traveler convenience. Currently there are just two concessionaires in the existing 20,000 square foot Terminal due to space constraints; a national food and beverage company that operates a full-service restaurant and snack bar, and a local gift shop/newsstand retailer.
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Jesusita Fire Burn Area Hydromulching

September 15, 2009 
Airport Mulching Effort

Jesusita Fire Burn Area Hydromulching Set to Begin Sept. 15.
Click this link for information on the Front Country Trail Closures Announced.


Allegiant Airlines

September 14, 2009 
Allegiant Airlines announced on August 14 that they will discontinue their Las Vegas service out of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) effective September 13. Travelers will still be able to reach Las Vegas from SBA via one-stop service aboard American Eagle, United Express and USAirways Express.

Free Wi-Fi Now Available at the Airport Terminal

September 14, 2009 
In response to numerous passenger requests. The Santa Barbara Airport has added free high speed Wi-Fi. The Santa Barbara Airport has added free Wi-Fi high speed internet access as an amenity for travelers at the Airline Terminal. Installation of the "no-cost to user" service was based on numerous requests from frequent flyers who wish to conduct business at the Airport in the most cost-effective and convenient manner possible.
Now Santa Barbara passengers have easy access to the web for free using their laptops and hand-held devices in the Airline Terminal lobbies, security holdrooms or lawn areas while waiting to board flights.

SBA Reminds Passengers To Plan Ahead For Labor Day Holiday Weekend

September 3, 2009 
Airport Labor DayThe
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) anticipates a busier than usual travel weekend from today through Tuesday, September 8 during Labor Day weekend. Visitors to SBA during this time should be aware of ongoing construction in and around the Terminal vicinity.

• Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow themselves 1.5 hours to find parking, check their luggage and go through the security checkpoint to ensure they are at their gate in time for their flight.

• Due to Airline Terminal Project construction, visitors may experience heavier traffic than normal on the Terminal roadways. Please exercise caution when driving in these areas.

Parking Options

• Short Term Lot: located adjacent to the Terminal. Parking rates are $2 for the first hour or less; $1 for every hour thereafter up to $20 per day maximum.

• Long Term Lot 1: located adjacent to the Terminal. Parking rates are $2 for the first hour or less; $1 for every hour thereafter up to $9 per day maximum.

• Long Term Lot 2: located on Frederic Lopez Road, just off Hollister Avenue near Fairview Avenue. A free shuttle transports parkers between Lot 2 and the Terminal every 10 minutes. Parking rates are the same as Lot 1 - $2 for the first hour or less; $1 for every hour thereafter up to $9 per day maximum.
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