New carrier arrives
Speaking of free enterprise, United Airlines is about to get some competition on its heavily traveled route from Santa Barbara to Denver.
Frontier Airlines, which emerged from bankruptcy recently under the ownership of Republic Airways of Indiana, is going to give United its first head-to-head competition to Denver in decades.
Business travelers and ski fans should appreciate lower fares and more options in and out of the Mile High City.
And by bringing in a new carrier, the Santa Barbara airport reinforces its reputation as a relatively stress-free alternative to LAX.