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

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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.

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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.