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Santa Barbara Airport Takes the Hassle Out of Holiday Travel

As the holidays approach and carrier loads enjoy an uptick, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is continuing its reputation for stress-free, seamless travel for all holiday travelers. With three new carriers and as many new direct destinations, the seasonal energy will be particularly abundant this year. As always, SBA encourages passengers to arrive earlier in anticipation of the bustle.

Starting this week, travelers parking in the airport’s long-term parking lot adjacent to the terminal will enjoy assistance getting themselves and their luggage to curbside via a “SBA sleigh” (four person golf cart). A driver will transport passengers and luggage to and from the airline terminal.  In addition, in the event the long-term parking lot exceeds capacity, the airport will make overflow parking available at Frederick Lopez Road near the corner of Hollister Avenue. Directional signs will be clearly posted should this be required with shuttle service to the airline terminal every fifteen minutes.

Songs of the Season, an annual community event scheduled on December 12, will take place in the main lobby of the airline terminal from 11:15am-4:30pm. Decking the halls with cheer, festivities and song will be the following school choirs and vocal groups. The public is invited, along with friends and family, to enjoy the talented singers while sipping on cider and hot chocolate, courtesy of the airport. 

Songs of the Season

Harding Elementary School 11:15am
San Marcos High School 12:30pm
Dos Pueblos High School 2:00pm
Young Singers 4:00pm
Santa Barbara High School 4:30pm

In order to support the music programs, SBA presents the choir director with a stipend of $500. This year Harding Elementary plans to spend the money on a new xylophone. Dos Pueblos High School will use it for travel to their performance at the Jazz Educators Network Conference and San Marcos High School will use their money toward the cost of their trip to the Segerstrom Center of the Arts where they have been invited to perform.

“Holiday travel need not be synonymous with stress,” noted SBA’s Airport Business Development Manager, Deanna Zachrisson. “The best way to ensure the season stays merry is to bookend travel with SBA. Our airport has grown in capacity and service, but it hasn’t lost its hometown feel. We look forward to spending our holidays with our regional community and their visiting friends and families.”  


Santa Barbara Airport served nearly 711,000 passengers in 2017 and is the 13th largest airport in California. The airport is served by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Contour Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines with 26 daily departures to ten non-stop destinations – Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. SBA is a self-sustaining enterprise operated by the City of Santa Barbara.


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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