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Travel getting easier in Tri-Counties, with new non-stop flights set to Chicago and Sacramento

Southwest Airlines is adding news Santa Barbara to Sacramento service in June

Santa Barbara Airport officials say they are on track to have all-time record year for passenger numbers.

The busiest airport in the Tri-Counties could be even busier, with plans to add additional service. Santa Barbara Airport will be getting new non-stop service to Sacramento and Chicago this summer.

United Airlines will start its new seasonal service to Chicago June 3rd. It’s the airport’s first-ever red-eye flight, with 11:45 p.m. flights six nights a week. And, Southwest will add a daily 10 a.m. flight from Santa Barbara to Sacramento. That new service will start June 5th.

Southwest Airlines is one of four airlines now serving Santa Barbara Airport.

Santa Barbara Airport is currently served by Alaska, American, United, and Southwest Airlines, with non-stop service to more than a half dozen cities including Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Seattle.

The airport had the biggest year in its history in 2019, serving nearly a million passengers. Like most airports, the pandemic drastically reduced air travel. But, airport officials say they are now on track to top a million passengers in 2022.