Will Delta Air Lines Ever Reinstate Service to Santa Barbara Airport?

I was just wondering if there have been any updates to the announcement back in 2020 of Delta suspending service to Santa Barbara Airport. I’d love to know if/when the airline is returning. —S.

Take it away, SBA Business Development Manager, Deanna Zachrisson:

Unquestionably, Delta intends to return to SBA. They have been very clear that this is their plan. When they pulled out in August 2020, they employed something of a “last in, first out” methodology in the L.A. basin, which we are considered part of. We were the last city to be added to Delta’s airports pre-pandemic.

The pinch point right now is pilot capacity. As you may be aware, they offered retirement packages to pilots during the pandemic, and now there are not enough pilots able to serve the regional routes. We had hoped that 2022 would be the year, but now our hopes are on the early summer of 2023. All tentative, of course.

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