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Southwest Launches Fresno and Santa Barbara Routes

Flights are scheduled to start in April with three nonstop destinations from Santa Barbara, two from Fresno

February 18, 2021

Southwest Airlines is launching service from two California airports, Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) and Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), with service beginning in April 2021.

Starting April 12, Southwest customers will be able to fly between Santa Barbara and more than 50 airports. Three of the destinations offer nonstop service: Denver, Las Vegas and Oakland.

On April 25, Southwest will begin service between Fresno and two nonstop destinations, Denver and Las Vegas, with connections to more than 50 airports

“We’re boldly launching this eagerly anticipated new year by doubling-down on our consistent commitment to California to offer our value and flexibility to now 13 airports in the state,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, he airline has been actively rebuilding its network in California, resuming services that had been in hiatus and launching new routes.

In October, Southwest picked up all 17 of JetBlue’s permanent slots at Long Beach Airport, as JetBlue exited the Los Angeles area airport.

“Not only does Southwest Airlines celebrate 50 years of service in 2021, we’re gratefully acknowledging the support of Californians who have made us the largest air carrier of fliers traveling nonstop to, from, and within The Golden State for 20 consecutive years.”