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Delta Adds Santa Barbara Service From Salt Lake City Hub

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WHY IT RATES: Travel agents and advisors working with clients on the West Coast will be happy to learn about the expanded service by Delta Air Lines.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer

Delta is making the ‘American Riviera’ more accessible than ever with the launch of three daily year-round flights from Salt Lake City International Airport to Santa Barbara Airport, a new destination on Delta’s route map, on August 12, 2019.

Santa Barbara will become the 330th destination in Delta’s expanding network and the 13th city in California served by the airline. Combined with the start of other new routes—including Detroit-San Jose in November 2018, Atlanta-Ontario in April, Detroit-Sacramento in June, and Atlanta-Burbank in July—Delta will grow the number of seats it offers from California by eight percent.

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For Delta’s hub in Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of destinations that have been added in the last two years, including Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Tampa, Florida.

“With a growing population of nearly half a million people throughout Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Airport is one of the largest unserved West Coast markets in Delta’s network,” said Scott Santoro, Delta’s Vice President – Los Angeles and Sales-West. “This is a great opportunity as Delta continues expanding in the West and complements Delta’s investment in the LA Basin.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Delta Air Lines to Santa Barbara,” said Cathy Murillo, Mayor of Santa Barbara. “Our residents have long had Salt Lake City at the very top of the “wish list” for new direct service. We can’t wait to show how much we appreciate the service.”

With 100 miles of shoreline, 220 vineyards, several major attractions and points of interest—including Channel Islands National Park—and a thriving entertainment and dining scene, Santa Barbara has something for everyone and has been recognized as a top getaway by travel and lifestyle publications.

“Santa Barbara is riding a wave of positive press and accolades as one of the top tourism destinations in the world to visit in 2019,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, CEO of Visit Santa Barbara. “Delta’s vote of confidence in Santa Barbara with this new service just adds to the momentum.”

Salt Lake City-Santa Barbara service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest on a 76-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft with 12 seats in First Class, 20 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 44 seats in the Main Cabin. All flights will offer free entertainment through Delta Studio, as well as free messaging, access to Wi-Fi, and complimentary snacks and beverages.

Delta offers more than 280 departures to more than 90 destinations from its Salt Lake City hub, linking Santa Barbara to dozens of West Coast, Mountain West, East Coast and international destinations with a single, easy connection. Salt Lake City is a fast-growing hub for Delta with seats up nearly 30 percent since 2014.

As Salt Lake City’s largest carrier, Delta has invested in and worked closely with the airport on a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project to build the airport of the future in SLC, with the first phase expected to open in 2020.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.

SOURCE: Delta Air Lines press release.

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