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.
WHAT: Passenger Appreciation Day celebration and distribution of celebratory treats to all passengers
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 5:30 am – 1 pm
WHO: Estimated 500 departing passengers; media availability with Airport Director Hazel Johns
WHY: Santa Barbara Airport’s new terminal 5th anniversary
With 22 daily departures to seven major cities, Santa Barbara Airport is the largest commercial airport in the region. Passenger traffic in 2016 to-date is up by 2.5% and continues to grow with strong demand and new airline service. The most recent addition of American Airlines service to Dallas is filling aircraft daily. Both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines have announced an increase in the size of aircraft serving Santa Barbara. United will bring back the first Boeing 737 jet service since 2001 and Alaska will begin flying the Embraer 175 to Portland and Seattle.
The last five years have been some of the most turbulent in the aviation industry, particularly for regional airports. Yet, Santa Barbara Airport succeeds at providing a unique ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ experience and anticipates additional passenger growth over the coming five years.