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Inaugural Event to Mark the Start of Daily Non-Stop Service to Sacramento

City of Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will be on hand to send off the first passengers on Contour Airlines new direct service to the California state capital city, Sacramento. “I was pleased to announce the new direct service with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in January, and I wouldn’t miss celebrating this first flight.” To mark the occasion, the departing flight will receive the first Fire Department water cannon salute in more than seven years, since the start of the California drought. “I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to this new service,” said Mayor Murillo.

Direct air service to Sacramento has been one of the most in demand service routes from Santa Barbara since the service last was offered nearly 10 years ago. Contour Airlines recognized this service need and its importance for the residents of the Santa Barbara region. Contour’s CEO Matt Chaifetz noted that advance bookings already are strong: “It just shows that Santa Barbara is eager to be a part of making decisions to advance the region and the state.”

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Media assemble at 11:30 am in Airport lobby for escort. Flight departs at 12:10 pm.
WHERE: Departure gate #2 (secure area) at Santa Barbara Airport
WHO: Santa Barbara City Mayor Cathy Murillo, City Administrator Paul Casey, Airport Director Henry Thompson and Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is anticipating full community support for Contour Airlines service. “I’ve heard the stories about how difficult it has been to travel between Santa Barbara and Sacramento. Making the drive or flying through another airport is an inconvenience that’s coming to an end none too soon,” said Airport Director, Henry Thompson.

Fueled by the success of its low fares and premium product, Contour is one of the fastest growing airlines in the country.  The carrier’s Embraer regional jets feature 30 leather seats with expanded legroom and all customers enjoy a free checked bag as well as complimentary snack and beverage service. The airline has taken up residency in Santa Barbara Airport’s ticketing lobby, just north of Alaska Airlines’ ticket counter.  According to CEO Chaifetz, “For Santa Barbara residents, traveling from your hometown airport is now an opportunity to save both time and money.  Contour can have you in Sacramento in less time than it takes to drive to LAX or Burbank.” 

For information on flight schedules and ticket availability, visit Contour’s website at

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.


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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