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San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)

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Kevin Bumen

Airport Director

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http://sloairport.com/index.php

Address

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

903-5 Airport Dr.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401




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The History of SBP


The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport was opened in April of 1939 with a single 88-by-100-foot hangar and dirt runways. Hard surface runways and lights were installed by the War Department in 1940 and the federal government officially took over the airport during World War II, turning it back to the county in 1946. Southwest Airways inaugurated passenger and airline service seven years later lasting till 1955. In 1955 Southwest replaced their DC-3s with Martin 404s, which were too large for the 4,000-foot runway. At this point the airline moved to Paso Robles, and air service was canceled until 1969 when Swift Air Lines started passenger service. By 1988, SBP had scheduled service from Wings West, Skywest, WestAir, and later American Eagle.

 

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Benefitting an Economy Near You


As the gateway to San Luis Obispo County and the region’s famous wine country, the airport has been identified as having a $177 million economic impact in the community, according to the nonprofit economic development organization Economic Vitality Corporation. The airport is currently undergoing a $35.4 million terminal replacement project to handle more frequent flights and facilitate larger aircraft. The new facility will be 56,000 square feet and will feature an outdoor courtyard, ceiling level windows and a total of four gates that will accommodate multiple aircraft that seat 75 passengers or more. Air Service today is provided by United Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines through their respective regional partners bringing almost 300,000 passengers annually.

Careers at SBP


SBP is a department of the County of San Luis Obispo. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the website link below.
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Kevin Bumen

Airport Director

Website

http://sloairport.com/index.php

Address

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

903-5 Airport Dr.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401





The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport was opened in April of 1939 with a single 88-by-100-foot hangar and dirt runways. Hard surface runways and lights were installed by the War Department in 1940 and the federal government officially took over the airport during World War II, turning it back to the county in 1946. Southwest Airways inaugurated passenger and airline service seven years later lasting till 1955. In 1955 Southwest replaced their DC-3s with Martin 404s, which were too large for the 4,000-foot runway. At this point the airline moved to Paso Robles, and air service was canceled until 1969 when Swift Air Lines started passenger service. By 1988, SBP had scheduled service from Wings West, Skywest, WestAir, and later American Eagle.

 

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As the gateway to San Luis Obispo County and the region’s famous wine country, the airport has been identified as having a $177 million economic impact in the community, according to the nonprofit economic development organization Economic Vitality Corporation. The airport is currently undergoing a $35.4 million terminal replacement project to handle more frequent flights and facilitate larger aircraft. The new facility will be 56,000 square feet and will feature an outdoor courtyard, ceiling level windows and a total of four gates that will accommodate multiple aircraft that seat 75 passengers or more. Air Service today is provided by United Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines through their respective regional partners bringing almost 300,000 passengers annually.

SBP is a department of the County of San Luis Obispo. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the website link below.