Santa Barbara Airport
Flight Departures and Arrivals

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This Santa Barbara Airport site provides up-to-the-minute status on flight departures and arrivals of all airlines serving Santa Barbara California.

  • Book flights online
  • Check flight status
  • Get flight tracking
  • Follow delayed flight information for airports around the world.

No other SBA site provides this much flight information in one convenient place. The interactive tools here give you MUCH more control over your air travel.

Flight Departures And Arrivals

Santa Barbara Airport Tower

Airlines flying from SBA provide non-stop service to seven cities: Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Non-stop flight service to Las Vegas is provided by Allegiant Airlines from Santa Maria Airport.

Santa Barbara Airport original terminal entry

You'll find a wealth of knowledge about today's departures and arrivals in the tables below.

Choose the timeframe you want from the drop-down menu (if there is one). Then select whether you want to see today's Departures or Arrivals.

Click the links in the table below to learn more about:

  • Santa Barbara Airport (all airports, really)
  • Your Flight's Status
  • Arrival and Departure information
  • Track your flight across a map.
  • Learn about any delays.
  • Check the weather at your destination.
  • You can even schedule a flight alert!

It's just amazing to see how much information is so readily available!

For video tutorials about how to get the most out of this Santa Barbara Airport database, click here for FlightStats' YouTube Channel.

Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.

The following widget displays Airport Delay Status and weather information for airports across the United States. Cool, huh?

Hover over any dot and see the weather report for that area. Click on any dot for links to even more airport information.

Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.

Airport Terminal Services

Even though both Santa Barbara County airports are small, you still need to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to flight departure time and 2 hours for international flights.

The Airline Terminal opens at 4:30 AM. Download an SBA Info brochure for more information about the Santa Barbara Airport. Here is an interactive map of the current SBA Terminal for gate information, etc.

The Santa Barbara Airport terminal offers:

  • free Wi-Fi
  • a cafe with full bar
  • a grab-&-go snack bar
  • and a gift shop

Click here for driving directions and a map to Santa Barbara Airport or download this aerial map.

Lost & Found/Passenger Paging - 805-681-4803

Follow this link for information regarding General Aviation at Santa Barbara Airport.

Baggage Handling

Limits for carry-on luggage on all flights is one bag + one personal item (a purse, briefcase or laptop) per passenger. Note: Backpacks will not be considered personal items.

Baggage may be checked any time within four hours of departure. To review the latest about liquid carry-on requirements, download the TSA 311 guide. Here are some travel tips from the TSA.

For lost baggage and more information about checking oversized baggage, sporting equipment, etc., contact the airline.

Airport Parking Information

There are three parking lots. From January - June 2012, the Short Term lot will be closed while the roadway is re-aligned. Download a map of the airport parking lots.

Please read the payment information below so you don't get trapped inside the parking lot!

Short Term Lot - This lot is closed during roadway construction through June 2012.

Long Term Lot 1 - During roadway construction, this lot will be used for all on-site parking. Payment is by credit/debit card. If you must pay in cash, you may buy a pre-paid ticket at the pay station in front of the airport terminal. There is an ATM in the terminal lobby if you need cash.

Long Term Lot 2 - Easy access away from airport traffic at Hollister & Lopez. There's free shuttle service to and from the airport terminal 24 hours-a-day.

All airport parking lots are open 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week. Parking rates are

  • First hour - $2.00
  • Each add'l hour - $1.00
  • Maximum daily charge: Long Term Lot 1 - $12.00, Long Term Lot 2 - $9.00.

For more information, contact the Parking Manager at 802-967-2745 (or 4566).

Ground Transportation

Follow these links for information about Santa Barbara car rental and airport shuttle service. Need a taxi? Here's a hot tip...

There are more than 50 cab companies and 270 taxi drivers in Santa Barbara. The city has no control over cab fares and unscrupulous cabbies have been known to gouge tourists.

My Best Taxi Advice is, "ask for a pre-set fare before getting into the taxi." If the driver refuses, pick a different taxi.

Rose Cab Co. is the only cab company that posts their special rates online. They also offer a 15% Discount for students and seniors.

This makes Rose Cab Co. my Top Taxi Pick. Call 805-564-2600 or 800-767-3222 toll free to schedule your taxi.

Satisfied customers also recommend Lowrider Cab - 805-722-5118 - for their great customer service and unique, bright green classic sedans.

Other reputable taxi companies include:

  • Santa Barbara Checker Cab - 805-560-8284
  • Santa Barbara Yellow Cab - 805-965-5111

Hotels closest to UCSB and the Santa Barbara Airport include the Holiday Inn and Pacifica Suites.

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport Terminals (SBA)

Santa Barbara Airport original terminal

I've been enchanted by this little airport ever since the first time I landed in Santa Barbara, California.

The beautiful Spanish-style building opened as the United Airlines Terminal in 1942. Its architects also designed the Arlington Theatre and the National Armory Building, both on State Street in Santa Barbara.

July 2011 marks the beginning of a new era for Santa Barbara Airport. Construction on a new airport terminal is nearing completion.

Santa Barbara Airport Terminals

Santa Barbara Airport New Terminal Tile

The new 2-story building dwarfs the original Santa Barbara Airport terminal. Planned construction also includes:

  • four new passenger-loading bridges
  • a new aircraft parking ramp
  • reconfiguring the short-term parking lot
  • and re-routing the access roadway.

The interior design of the new airport terminal features beautiful artwork with tilework throughout. I especially liked the intricate circular mosaic in the rotunda.

Santa Barbara Airport Rotunda Mosaic

Santa Barbara Airport Rotunda Mosaic Zoom
This is my favorite section of the mosaic. It appears at the top of the previous photo.

Big glass windows in the boarding area provide sweeping views of the runway. Baggage claim will soon be indoors and air conditioned! The new Santa Barbara Airport terminal is more modern, for sure.

Santa Barbara Airport old lobby
The Original Airport Terminal Lobby Santa Barbara Airport old baggage claim
The Original Open-Air Baggage Claim

Santa Barbara Airport new waiting room
The New Waiting/Boarding Area Santa Barbara Airport new baggage claim
The New Indoor Baggage Claim

I know. Growth is inevitable. There's a lot to like about SBA's brand new terminal. But...

...I'll still miss the old terminal. Flying into the Santa Barbara Airport will never be the same. It's the end of an era.

Santa Barbara Terminal the original
The Original Santa Barbara Airport Terminal, Santa Barbara, CA

Thankfully, the historic Santa Barbara Airport/United Airlines terminal building will be preserved and relocated once airport operations have transferred to the new terminal.

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