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Santa Barbara Airport sees record number of passengers

Posted at 2:57 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 21:49:47-05

The Santa Barbara Airport says it has broken a record when it comes to the number of passengers in 2019.

The airport served a total of 998,691 passengers, a 27.1% increase over 2018.

Officials believe they would have reached the 1 million mark if the airport hadn't been closed for 18 hours on August 25 after a private C-130 crashed on the main runway.

The airport estimates airline passenger growth will reach 20% in 2020.

Starting June 4, United Airlines will begin a new daily flight to Chicago. Alaska Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily flight to Seattle starting on May 21. And Frontier Airlines will resume its seasonal three-times-weekly service to Denver starting June 9.

Airport officials say Santa Barbara has been the fastest-growing airport in Southern California for the past two years.