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Direct Flight to Minneapolis/St.Paul Commences August 16

Santa Barbara, CA - August 13, 2018 — Today, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announces Sun Country Airlines will begin Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota service from the “depart differently” airport starting on August 16, 2018. Booking is available now with roundtrip fares currently starting at $196.

Sun Country Airlines will operate the three-and-a-half-hour flight on Thursdays and Sundays. The route will be served by a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 126 passengers.

Thursday - Sun Country Flight Schedule
Depart SBA 9:55am PST arrive MSP 3:25pm CST
Depart MSP 7:05am CST arrive SBA 9:05am PST

Sunday - Sun Country Flight Schedule
Depart SBA 5:50pm PST arrive MSP 11:20pm CST
Depart MSP 2:55pm CST arrive SBA 4:55pm PST

Visit Santa Barbara is promoting the new service within the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and is encouraging residents there to take advantage of the many unique experiences that Santa Barbara has to offer. Direct service from this major Midwest hub will play a part in the robust recovery of the tourism industry in Santa Barbara. 

“The low cost direct flight option to MSP opens up significant travel opportunities for our outbound travelers,” noted Hazel Johns, airport director. “Not only does Minneapolis offer a vibrant and dynamic destination in its own right, Sun Country Airlines’ service offers Santa Barbara residents great one-stop, low fare options to New York and Boston.” 

Currently, outbound travelers from SBA can travel with one stop through MSP to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York (JFK) for $507/roundtrip or to Boston (BOS) for $333/roundtrip.

Sun Country Airlines’ new direct flight service underscores SBA’s passenger growth trajectory over the last two years, with a 16% passenger count increase in June 2018 over June 2017. 


Santa Barbara Airport served nearly 711,000 passengers in 2017 and is the 13th largest airport in California. SBA’s architecturally-praised and LEED certified airline terminal opened in 2011 and features state-of-the-art amenities and efficient passenger security screening. The airport is served by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines with 23 daily departures to eight non-stop destinations – Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The airport resides on the site of a former World War II Marine Air Station, next to the Pacific Ocean and the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is conveniently located just 10 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara.  SBA is a self-sustaining enterprise operated by the City of Santa Barbara.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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