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

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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.