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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

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Hazel Johns

Airport Director

Website

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/flysba/default.asp?utm_source=FlySBA&utm_medium=Redirect&utm_campaign=ReferralTracking

Address

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

601 Firestone Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117




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The History of SBA


In 1928, Gordon Sackett and Royce Stetson landed a Hisso-powered airplane in a cow pasture near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues and set up a flight school on the spot. That first airstrip marked the beginning of what was to become the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. As airplane manufacturing grew in the late 1930’s. that simple airstrip developed into an airfield. Commercial service began in 1932 with Century Pacific Airlines –a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles cost $9.81. Santa Barbara citizens soon passed a $149,000 bond issue purchasing 580 acres while also investing $1 million to develop a commercial airport.

Benefitting an Economy Near You


Sitting on 954 acres of land, the airport contributes over $500 million dollars annually to Santa Barbara County’s economy and supports over 2,500 jobs in the County. In addition to operation and maintenance of the airline terminal and airfield, the Airport is landlord to 76 buildings and 120 tenants. SBA houses 3 passenger airlines and 1 cargo carrier operating approximately 22 daily departures. On any given day, an average of 2,100 passengers arrive and depart from Santa Barbara Airport; altogether, more than 750,000 passengers are served annually.

Get into the Green Scene


Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Airport has been implementing the largest environmental restoration project on the south central coast as mitigation for the Airfield Safety Projects. Approximately one-half of the Airport property - about 430 acres - is comprised of the Goleta Slough State Marine Park. As proud stewards of the Slough, the Santa Barbara Airport is actively managing 55 acres of the Park that is currently undergoing planting, maintenance, and monitoring, as part of this restoration effort. This coastal wetland is recognized as one of the few remaining salt marsh habitats in California. Additional environmental initiatives at the airport include all taxiway lights being switched to LED. Changing from incandescent bulbs to LED lighting saves the airport at least 45,000kWh per year on taxiway lighting and reduces the labor and materials costs associated with incandescent bulbs. SBA also completed construction of a rental car service facility in 2010 achieving Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. While vehicle rentals remain adjacent to the Airline Terminal, the ‘quick-turn-around’ (QTA) operation replaces the rental car service area at the Terminal.


Careers at SBA


SBA is a department of the City of Santa Barbara. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the City’s website.
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Hazel Johns

Airport Director

Website

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/flysba/default.asp?utm_source=FlySBA&utm_medium=Redirect&utm_campaign=ReferralTracking

Address

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

601 Firestone Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117



In 1928, Gordon Sackett and Royce Stetson landed a Hisso-powered airplane in a cow pasture near the corner of Hollister and Fairview Avenues and set up a flight school on the spot. That first airstrip marked the beginning of what was to become the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. As airplane manufacturing grew in the late 1930’s. that simple airstrip developed into an airfield. Commercial service began in 1932 with Century Pacific Airlines –a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles cost $9.81. Santa Barbara citizens soon passed a $149,000 bond issue purchasing 580 acres while also investing $1 million to develop a commercial airport.

Sitting on 954 acres of land, the airport contributes over $500 million dollars annually to Santa Barbara County’s economy and supports over 2,500 jobs in the County. In addition to operation and maintenance of the airline terminal and airfield, the Airport is landlord to 76 buildings and 120 tenants. SBA houses 3 passenger airlines and 1 cargo carrier operating approximately 22 daily departures. On any given day, an average of 2,100 passengers arrive and depart from Santa Barbara Airport; altogether, more than 750,000 passengers are served annually.


  • Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Airport has been implementing the largest environmental restoration project on the south central coast as mitigation for the Airfield Safety Projects. Approximately one-half of the Airport property - about 430 acres - is comprised of the Goleta Slough State Marine Park. As proud stewards of the Slough, the Santa Barbara Airport is actively managing 55 acres of the Park that is currently undergoing planting, maintenance, and monitoring, as part of this restoration effort. This coastal wetland is recognized as one of the few remaining salt marsh habitats in California. Additional environmental initiatives at the airport include all taxiway lights being switched to LED. Changing from incandescent bulbs to LED lighting saves the airport at least 45,000kWh per year on taxiway lighting and reduces the labor and materials costs associated with incandescent bulbs. SBA also completed construction of a rental car service facility in 2010 achieving Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. While vehicle rentals remain adjacent to the Airline Terminal, the ‘quick-turn-around’ (QTA) operation replaces the rental car service area at the Terminal.


SBA is a department of the City of Santa Barbara. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the City’s website.