Today, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announces that Contour Airlines will begin service from the “depart differently” airport starting on October 16, 2018. The regional carrier will offer daily nonstop flights to Oakland (OAK) and service to Las Vegas (LAS) in its 30-passenger ERJ-135 jet aircraft.
Contour will offer the unique combination of low fares and a premium passenger experience. Introductory pricing starts at $79 each way to Oakland and $59 each way to Las Vegas. The onboard product includes comfortable leather seating with expanded legroom in every row and complimentary beverage and snack service for all passengers. “Among local travelers, Las Vegas ranks high as a desirable direct flight destination as does Oakland, which is an excellent addition to SBA’s current service to the Bay Area. We are thrilled to have Contour Airlines join us at SBA,” said Airport Director Hazel Johns. Oakland Airport is celebrating the new service as well. “Contour Airlines has been a great addition the service in Oakland, and we’re thrilled that we finally have a direct connection to Santa Barbara,” said Bryant Francis, Airport Director for Oakland International Airport.
The routes introduce two new markets, Santa Barbara and Las Vegas, into Contour’s growing West Coast network. Within the past six months, Contour has also initiated service in Oakland, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Page, AZ, and Crescent City, CA. “We see an incredible opportunity in Santa Barbara to provide point-to-point service to these high-demand, short haul markets,” according to Matt Chaifetz, Chief Executive Officer of Contour. “Santa Barbara residents can now avoid a long and unpredictable drive to the Los Angeles-area gateways and fly from their convenient hometown airport.”
Tickets are available for purchase on Contour’s web site at contourairlines.com, by calling the Contour call center at (888) 332-6686, and through local and online travel agencies.
Contour will operate the service to Oakland and Las Vegas from the Santa Barbara Airport passenger terminal.
Contour Airlines’ service brings the number of SBA’s direct flight destinations to nine, including Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. The number of commercial carriers serving SBA has grown to six: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Contour Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and United Airlines.
SBA continues to enjoy strong growth in passenger loads with a 15% increase in July 2018 over the same month in 2017.
ABOUT SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is on pace to serve approximately 738,000 passengers in 2018 and is the largest airport between Los Angeles and San Jose on the California coast. SBA is a self-sustaining enterprise operated by the City of Santa Barbara.
Contour Airlines is the scheduled service brand of Corporate Flight Management Inc. d/b/a Contour Aviation, one of the country’s leading aviation services companies. Founded in 1982, the carrier serves six states offering a premium, low-fare airline product that includes a complimentary first checked bag as well as snack and beverage service. Contour operates a growing fleet of Embraer regional jets featuring leather seating with expanded legroom in every row. Tickets are available for purchase on Contour’s web site at contourairlines.com, by calling the Contour call center at (888) 332-6686, and through local and online travel agencies.
As one of the largest Part 135 operators in the United States, Contour Aviation operates a diverse fleet of aircraft that includes regional airliners for its commercial service as well as numerous business jets available for private charter. The company also offers fuel and aircraft handling services at three FBO locations as well as retail aircraft maintenance at a facility adjacent to its headquarters in Smyrna, TN.