At a press conference held on Thursday, January 31, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo, along with Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz, announced that the premium, low-fare airline would begin daily nonstop service to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) starting April 16, 2019. Booking will be available February 1, 2019.
Also announced was the increase in number of flights to Oakland, California and Las Vegas, Nevada to two flights per day starting May 1.
As part of the announcement, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson stated, “It’s important for our community to be able to easily fly to Sacramento and share their thoughts with their legislators. I look forward to seeing everyone at our state capitol.”
Contour Airlines became part of SBA’s carrier roster last October with nonstop service to Oakland, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Sacramento flights will be offered via Contour Airline’s ERJ-135 aircraft fleet, which provides first rate amenities, including an in-flight entertainment system, 36” seat pitch (equivalent to first class), and complementary beverage service. As and added perk, Contour Airlines does not charge for checked bags.
“We are thrilled our successful new partnership with Contour Airlines is already expanding,” noted SBA representative, Deanna Zachrisson. “Contour’s Sacramento service provides easy accessibility for local business travelers and those who want to explore our historic Capital City for pleasure. SMF also offers convenient adjacency for those looking to experience Northern California Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, the California Delta, and the rugged Gold Country.”
ABOUT SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT
Santa Barbara Airport served nearly 786,000 passengers in 2018 and is the 13th largest airport in California. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Contour Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines serve the airport with 32 daily departures to 12 non-stop destinations – Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. SBA is a self-sustaining enterprise operated by the City of Santa Barbara.