Earlier this week, Southern California's Santa Barbara Airport (SBA/KSBA) received new service from the relatively obscure Contour Airlines. This new service will connect Santa Barbara with Oakland once a day, and Las Vegas 5 times a week. These services will be operated by Embraer ERJ-135 aircraft.
The airport has seen some major growth in the past two month, with Contour being the third and final new airline to start service there in exactly two months. Sun Country began twice-weekly service to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP/KMSP) on August 16th with their Boeing 737-700s, and Frontier began thrice weekly service to Denver (DEN/KDEN) on August 21st with their fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Contour's flights added two much-needed connections to the area. While the airport gets multiple San Francisco flights a day, a flight to the east side of the Bay Area was lacking and Contour made an Oakland commute many times easier. Las Vegas is a 7 hour's drive away, and this service was asked for by many Santa Barbara residents since Allegiant left in September of 2009.
In addition to these services, Contour Airlines has announced intentions to add more routes out of Santa Barbara following great success in both of their current routes, with flights selling out consistently for months ahead. An addition of new routes will effectively make SBA a hub for Contour, as it is currently the only airport other than Oakland with flights to multiple destinations. Contour's blue compass is bringing more people to Santa Barbara every day, which is great news for the airport, which seems to show great potential for the near future!
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