SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County travelers now have two new destinations to fly to.
"We are really excited about this new air service," said Chuck Davison, Visit SLO CAL President & CEO. "The additions really continues to open up the western region of the United States for people to visit SLO CAL as a destination."
The announcement continues an unprecedented run of new additions to the airport over the past three years.
Since November 2016, six new markets have been added, including Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, and now, Portland and San Diego.
Alaska Airlines is already flying to San Luis Obispo, providing daily non-stop service to Seattle for the past two-plus years.
"With the success that we've had with the Seattle service, we feel that branching out and adding too the west coast connectivity with those two markets is going to do really well," said Jeff Etherington, Alaska Airlines Director of Corporate Sales for California/Southwest.
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Director Kevin Bumen said new flights are being added because passengers are filling seats.
"We are seeing great local support from the community and we're seeing significant interest from visitors that want to arrive from destinations by air," said Bumen. "Our load factors are at or above industry average typically, so we look at a market that isn't seasonal. We are a very good market year round and it works well."
With the addition of Portland and San Diego, the airport now provides service to nine destinations on 20 daily flights on four different airlines.
"The market is ripe for continued growth," said Davison. "The planes are running high occupancy and a lot of that is thanks to our board, who is investing a lot of marketing dollars in those communities to make sure that people are traveling to SLO CAL as a destination."
Davison added Visit SLO CAL will spent $500,000 to market the county to residents in Portland and San Diego.
Overall, the budget to market the region to all of various destinations provided by the airport is $1 million.
The San Diego flight will begin service on Jan. 7, 2020, while service to Portland starts on June 18, 2020.
Tickets are now on sale.