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Santa Barbara Airport to offer non-stop flights to Chicago

Service will begin in June 2020
Posted at 10:42 AM, Oct 28, 2019

The Santa Barbara Airport has announced the addition of another non-stop flight.

Direct flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago will begin next June.

Airport officials say the United Airlines direct "red-eye" flight on an Airbus 319 will take off daily from Santa Barbara at 11:20 p.m. and arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) at 5:20 a.m. local time.

Returning flights will leave Chicago at 7:45 p.m. local time and arrive at 10:30 p.m. in Santa Barbara.

"We are honored that United Airlines has chosen SBA for new service via its Chicago hub," Airport Director Henry Thompson said in a press release. "Whether for business or leisure, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this service. It's a great way to spend a full day in our beautiful city and arrive in Chicago, or on the East Coast, in the morning rather than during the evening rush hour. This nonstop flight will also shave hours off the typical routes via Denver, Los Angeles or San Francisco."

The flight can hold 128 passengers.

Service will begin June 4, 2020.