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South Coast airport gets new airport director

Santa Barbara Airport reported a surge in traffic this summer.
Santa Barbara Airport is getting a new Airport Director.

But, Santa Barbara Airport's new manager is already a familiar face in region.

The busiest airport in the Tri-Counties has a new manager. Christopher Hastert has been named Director of Santa Barbara Airport.

He’s already a familiar face to the region’s aviation community. Hastert oversaw Santa Maria Airport, serving as General Manager of the Santa Maria Public Airport District. He has more than three decades of experience in the field.

Hastert was chosen following a nationwide search. He fills the vacancy created by the departure of Henry Thompson, who left last year to run the agency which manages Fresno’s two airports.

Santa Barbara Airport is on track to have one of the busiest years in its history. It offers more than two dozen daily non-stop flights around the country.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.