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Amid Pandemic, Optimism At One South Coast Airport; New Flight Service Planned

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The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with airline service on the Central and South Coasts, but there is a new sign of optimism.

Many airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from the region because of the massive drop in passengers.  But, Santa Barbara Airport and Alaska Airlines announced plans for some new flight service.

Alaska currently offers flights from Santa Barbara to Portland, and Seattle.  Starting in November, it will start daily Santa Barbara to San Diego service.

Airport officials say it could provide an important link for businesses travelers.  Flight time is an hour, but by car it can take 6-8 hours at times because of traffic.