Alaska Airlines to use Boeing 737 aircraft for Santa Barbara to Seattle flights
Alaska Airlines will begin using Boeing 737 aircraft for direct flights from the Santa Barbara airport to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Aug. 27, Santa Barbara airport officials announced Aug. 24.
The flight, which departs Santa Barbara at 3:35 p.m. daily, will have fares in September as low as $114 each way, according to a news release. The Seattle route marks the first time Alaska has served the Santa Barbara airport with a Boeing aircraft since the carrier began service in 2003, officials said.
The news release said the increased load capacity offered by Alaska Airlines continues a trajectory that started in July 2016 with the addition of Airbus 319 service to Dallas on American Airlines, and this summer when United Airlines added the Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft on departures to San Francisco and Denver.
“The passenger demand is here in Santa Barbara and our carriers are recognizing the truly different departure experience we offer compared to larger airports,” said Deanna Zachrisson, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara airport. “Not only is SBA one of the easiest and most convenient outbound airports in the region, we continue to build upon capacity, travel and pricing options for local residents.”
The airport is on track to increase passenger capacity in 2017 by more than 10 percent over 2016, according to the news release.
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