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Santa Barbara Airport Fire Department

A new, highly advanced aircraft-firefighting unit has arrived on the South Coast.

The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting truck is on duty at the Santa Barbara Airport, and weighs over 58,000 pounds when full, including 1500 gallons of water and 200 gallons of fire-retardant foam.

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.

Coming off a record year for air travel, a South Coast Airport was expecting the busiest summer in its history. But, coronavirus changed all that. Santa Barbara Airport is trying to make the best of the situation by using the quiet time by doing some needed maintenance projects.

Officials with a South Coast airport say if you are planning to fly, don’t forget your mask.

Travelers will need to wear a mask to enter Santa Barbara Airport’s terminal, and airlines are requiring them for passengers as well.

The coronavirus crisis has impacted many aspects of life on the Central and South Coasts. But perhaps one of the most dramatic effects is on air travel. Santa Barbara Airport came off the biggest year in its history last year, handling nearly a million passengers. 

The $2 trillion dollar federal economic stimulus package includes money to help airports on the Central and South Coasts, which have been hard hit by the loss of passenger traffic and other business. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded more than $30 million dollars to the region’s airports.

A Santa Barbara County woman who was one of the nation’s first commercial airline pilots has been honored by the federal government. Karen Kahn was presented with the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.”

(Santa Barbara Airport photo)

A South Coast airport is answering a question that’s puzzled passengers for years. Where is Santa Barbara’s Gate 3? It’s a mystery for travelers which existed since the opening of Santa Barbara’s Airport’s new terminal in 2011. There was Gate One, Gate Two, and Gate 4. Gate Four was actually labelled Gate 3 and 4.

It's going to be even easier for travelers on the Central and South Coasts to get to the Midwest.

United Airlines is going to launch new nonstop service from Santa Barbara to Chicago.  

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)

Investigators say the pilot of a cargo plane which made an emergency landing at Santa Barbara Airport performed a dangerous maneuver to keep the out of control aircraft from plowing into the airport’s terminal. On August 25th, the C-130 cargo plane was headed from its field base in Malaysia to home base in Phoenix for maintenance.

A project to rebuild a key runway at a Bay Area airport is disrupting some airline service on the Central and South Coast. The project to upgrade the runway at San Francisco International Airport has disrupted United Airlines flights to Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)

Santa Barbara Airport reopened Monday afternoon to commercial service after an accident forced the shutdown of the field for 19 hours. Dozens of commercial airline flights had to be cancelled. The main runway reopened just before 5 Monday.

(Santa Barbara Fire Department photo)

A large cargo plane made an emergency landing at a South Coast airport Sunday night, but no one was hurt.

The C-130 landed at Santa Barbara Airport just after 10 Sunday night.  Santa Barbara firefighters responded with special trucks equipped to spray foam on planes.

Contour Airlines is making it easier to fly directly from Santa Barbara to Sacramento: their new service between the two cities starts Tuesday at noon.

The airline has been able to use its 30-seat planes to fill a niche in service directly to the state capitol.

A South Coast airport is adding new airline service, bringing the list of carriers serving it to more than a half dozen. Delta Airlines announced plans to add daily service between Santa Barbara Airport and its regional hub in Salt Lake City.