Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, November 20 , 2018, 1:14 am | Fog/Mist 47º


Allegiant Air Grounds Nonstop Flights Between Santa Barbara, Las Vegas

The move, effective Sept. 13, also ends the airline's affiliation with the Santa Barbara Airport

Santa Barbara travelers headed to Las Vegas most likely will have to spend more time and money after Allegiant Air announced it is canceling its Santa Barbara-Las Vegas nonstop flights effective Sept. 13, ending the airline’s affiliation with the Santa Barbara Airport.

Locals headed to Vegas in a hurry will have to opt for a drive to Santa Maria for the same service or one-stop services from other airlines at the Santa Barbara Airport.

The airline has no plans to bring Los Angeles or other services to Santa Barbara, corporate communications director Tyri Squyres said.

The cancellation announcement from Allegiant Travel Company said the closure was prompted by a lack of demand.

The Santa Maria Airport, which offers the same Allegiant nonstop service to Las Vegas, is 65 miles away and may draw from the same pool of people.

There are options closer to home, as airlines flying out of Santa Barbara offer one-stop flights to Vegas, airport spokeswoman Terri Gibson said.

While nonstop flights take about an hour and 10 minutes, one-stop flights through Los Angeles, such as those offered by American Eagle from Santa Barbara, take about three hours.

“It’s not as convenient, but you can fly almost any day of the week,” Gibson said.

Allegiant’s service was available only three times a week, but was offered for much less than the $200 to $300 tickets United has listed for flights after Sept. 13, she said.

In July, Allegiant Air’s 150-seat planes had an average capacity of 70.7 percent for Santa Barbara, Gibson said. From January to July, there were 16,464 passengers arriving and departing for the Santa Barbara-Vegas flights.

“I doubt it’ll affect any airline jobs at Santa Barbara,” Gibson said. The estimated revenue loss to the airport, taking terminal rent and land use into account, will be about $60,000 annually. Allegiant Air began service in Santa Barbara in May 2008.

“It’s not a big contributor to the airport’s $13 million budget,” she said.

Customers with Allegiant reservations after Sept. 16 will be contacted and accommodated, according to a news release.

This is far from the first time an airline has pulled out of a small local airport. In 2008, the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport lost two of its four major airlines — American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

The Santa Barbara Airport still will host six carriers after Allegiant leaves, but other local public airports have skimpier options. Santa Maria’s airport has two airlines, and the Oxnard Airport has just one — SkyWest’s United Express, the only airline that operates out of all of the aforementioned cities.

Allegiant also recently canceled its Monterey-Los Angeles service, Squyres said.

Allegiant Travel Company also offers nonstop flights to Vegas from Fresno, Stockton and Monterey. It focuses on flights and bundles for travelers from smaller cities to popular destinations such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando. The company reported a nine-fold increase in net income for its second quarter and a more than a 30-percent boost in passengers from last year.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.