FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2016
Kevin Bumen., C.A.E
County Director of Airports
Airport to â€œSEAâ€ New Service
Alaska Air begin nonstop flights to Seattle in April 2017
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA â€” Amid cheers and applause, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport revealed that Alaska Airlines will commence nonstop service between San Luis Obispo (SBP) and Seattle (SEA) next spring. This is a new destination on a new airline, and a major victory for the airport and the County of San Luis Obispo.
This long-awaited new service will connect San Luis Obispo into Alaskaâ€™s network, increase accessibility to Seattleâ€™s tech industries, and carry visitors into the Central Coastâ€™s thriving wineries and beaches.
â€œWe are pleased to add nonstop service to San Luis Obispo, our 16th California city and a popular destination for our loyal customers,â€ said John Kirby, the airlineâ€™s vice president of capacity planning. â€œWhether visiting for business, sunshine, art or wine, our valued travelers will have easy access to best SLO County and the entire Central Coast has to offer.â€
During a celebratory event this morning, Director of Airports Kevin Bumen remarked, â€œAlaska is a strong airline with a long history of outstanding customer service. Weâ€™re thrilled to welcome them to SLO, and to link our community to more than 100 of Alaskaâ€™s connections across North America.â€He also noted this will the longest commercial flight ever operated from the airport at just over 730 nautical miles.
Several county officials, leaders and key stakeholders attended the airportâ€™s announcement event, including Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County. â€œThe announcement of the new Seattle service on Alaska Airlines is the most exciting tourism development since the passage of our Marketing District in 2015,â€ he said. â€œOur District provides the funds for Visit San Luis Obispo County to contribute destination-marketing dollars towards specific projects that increase tourism, like securing new regional air service. This flight allows us to introduce our destination to new customers, and based on our recent consumer research study, Seattle is the perfect new market for San Luis Obispo County.â€
Visit San Luis Obispo County worked closely with the airport in persuading the sought-after airline to begin service in the County, as did the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC). â€œAs the voice of the countywide business community, the EVC is ecstatic to see the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport gain the Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. The EVC remains an active supporter of the airport, which is increasingly vital to the health of our businesses and communities. Business and leisure travelers, both traveling to and from our county, are eager for more flights, more destinations, and the forthcoming, larger airport terminal. The direct and indirect positive economic impacts of the airport are far-reaching and touch every sector of our countyâ€™s economy, making this flight a critical addition to our community,â€ said EVC president Michael Manchak.
Daily flights begin April 13, 2017. The flight will depart SEA at 8:00am, arriving at SBP at 10:28am. The outbound flight will leave SBP at 12:00pm and arrive at SEA at 2:35pm. The year-round service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using Embraer E175 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in First Class, 12 seats in Preferred Plus and 52 seats in the Main Cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a 737. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, free and premium entertainment direct to customer devices, and in First Class, 110 volt power in every seat.
To purchase tickets, visit alaskaair.com.
ABOUT THE COUNTY AIRPORTS
Located just south of the City of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is operated by the County of San Luis Obispo and serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of two commercial airlines with flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The airport is also home to full service general aviation and corporate facilities. For more information, or to book a flight, visit www.sloairport.com.
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