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Santa Barbara Airport Prepares for a Busy Thanksgiving Holiday

November 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is planning for a bustling Thanksgiving holiday with an anticipated increase in travelers by nearly 15% over last year.  Traveler demand for flights continues to grow at SBA, and in response, all three of the Airport’s commercial airlines are flying larger aircraft this year. 

Greater demand and more seats means a busier airport heading into the holiday season. “We are working with all our partners to make sure that travelers have a smooth and relaxing experience from the moment they arrive at the Airport,” said Hazel Johns, Airport Director. The busiest travel days are anticipated to be Wednesday and Sunday with 40 scheduled arriving and departing flights.  In response to strong holiday demand, the TSA checkpoint lanes will be open and fully staffed by 3:45 a.m. to screen travelers, and with increased staffing particularly for early morning departures.  

A busier airport means a busy parking lot as well.  With the convenient walk to the terminal and a reasonable $13 per day rate, many travelers will choose the Airport’s Long Term parking lot. A little extra time to park is a good idea.  If Long Term parking becomes full, parking attendants will direct travelers to an equally convenient overflow area in the same vicinity.  Most airlines require travelers to be at the gate ready for boarding no later than 30 to 40 minutes prior to departure.   Please check with your airline for flight-specific information and with TSA (866-289-9673) for questions about allowable items onboard.

Currently, SBA offers daily nonstop service to Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

Santa Barbara Airport is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara and is on track to serve nearly 715,000 travelers in 2017.

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016
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