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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (IATA code: SBA) is a small airport west of downtown Santa Barbara, California (USA).

The airport is a focus city for Contour Airlines. In August 2011 the airport opened a newly refurbished 72,000 square foot terminal. Airlines that fly to the airport provide domestic services to major hubs across America, including to the states of California, Washington, and Colorado.


The airport is 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Santa Barbara, a coastal city in California.


Facilities Include:

WiFi: Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal building

Duty Free Shopping: There are no duty free shops available. Airside, the is a gift shop, selling souvenirs and travel essentials.

Eating: Food concessions include: La Mission Cafe (Landside), Costa Terraza Restaurant & Tapas Bar (Airside), The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Airside).

Charging Stations: There are mobile charging stations on the 2nd floor.

Lounges Include:

There are no lounges available


Three runways are in use: 7/25 and two parallel runways, 15/33.


The Santa Barbara Airport terminal consists of one small, modern terminal. The refurbished terminal is filled with artworks and frescoes; the whitewashed architecture of the building is reminiscent of a Spanish village. The terminal has four gates, and amenities include a restaurant and gift shop, which are both Airside. Because of its very small size, it is easy to navigate around the airport building.

Airlines that fly to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

Airline Destinations
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Contour Airlines Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Airlines Denver
Seasonal: San Francisco
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Top Destinations

Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 San Francisco, California 98,910 United Airlines
2 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 92,430 American Airlines
3 Denver, Colorado 86,520 Frontier, United
4 Los Angeles, California 47,600 United
5 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 44,930 Alaska

How to get to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

By Bus

A bus connects to the airport from Moffat Road, which is just across from the airport.

By Car Rental

There are a number of car rental companies with onsite facilities, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

By Taxi

Taxis can be picked up from outside the terminal entrance.