United Airlines has begun booking flights for the fall out of Santa Maria Public Airport, after repeated delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. United had originally planned to open in Santa Maria in June 2020. That was changed to March 2021, and the later date was abandoned as well as the pandemic dragged on. The Read More →
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a reference to Alaska Airlines’ Santa Barbara-San Diego route. That route has not begun service yet. Alaksa Airlines will begin flying between San Luis Obispo and both Portland and San Diego on June 17. Both routes were originally planned to start last year but were delayed Read More →
By Victor Dollar After more than a year of restrictions, California’s tourism sector reopens for small gatherings, meetings and events this month — the first step on the state’s journey to economic recovery. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” and “Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy” lays out the COVID-19 safety requirements Read More →
At the end of the month, the executives and furloughed employees from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will sit down for a mediation, the latest step in a conflict between the two parties over whether the workers are owed severance from the Biltmore’s closure. The hotel closed in March 2020 and has remained Read More →
Caltrans announced that Highway 1 at in Big Sur is reopening April 23 at noon, even sooner than the agency had previously expected. The new opening is a week ahead of what was previously announced, and months ahead of what the agency originally estimated. Pacific Coast Highway has been fully closed near Rat Creek, north Read More →
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Santa Barbara rolled out the red, yellow and blue balloons as Southwest Airlines made its Central Coast debut on April 12. The Dallas, Texas-based airline’s brightly painted Boeing 737 aircraft arrived on time or even a few minutes early from Oakland and Denver to start what is expected to be a busy season for Santa Read More →