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Santa Barbara Airport Adding New Flights This Spring; Southwest Serving Region For First Time

Photo by Blake Bronstad, Courtesy of Go Goleta and Visit Santa Barbara

Times may be difficult for the travel industry, but one airline is transforming travel from Santa Barbara.

Southwest Airlines is launching five new flights from the airport. 

It’s described as a game-changer for Santa Barbara tourism, with SouthWest Airlines launching direct daily flights linking the airport to Las Vegas, Oakland, and Denver. 

Kathy Janega-Dykes from Visit Santa Barbara says that it's important for leisure and also corporate business, once meetings and conferences are happening again - because it opens up a large network of cities across the country. 

While it may seem an unlikely time to launch new routes, it’s a light on the horizon for Santa Barbara.

"The timing is unexpected but I can't think of a better time for us to receive positive news for our community," she told KCLU. 

The new routes start in the Spring.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.
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