SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - For the first time in 10 years, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is announcing a new travel destination.
On Wednesday, airport officials, along with members of the local business and tourism industry, officially revealed daily non-stop flights to Seattle will begin on April, 13, 2017.
"We're pleased to welcome Alaska Airlines to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport," said Kevin Bumen, Director of Airports, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. "Seattle is one of our top five markets. It has a tremendous link to the Central Coast with both business and tourism, so we're very excited to connect our two communities."
When the flight is added next year, San Luis Obispo will become the 16th California city where Alaska Airlines provides service.
"We are pleased to add nonstop service to San Luis Obispo, a popular destination for our loyal customers," said John Kirby, Alaska Airline's vice president of capacity planning. "Whether 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."
The move to bring the Seattle flight to San Luis Obispo County has been a coordinated effort between the airport, the Economic Vitality Corporation and Visit San Luis Obispo County.
"Any time we can open up new flight service to a great destination like Seattle, and get those individuals interested in coming and visiting here, it's just prosperous to all of us in the county.," said Visit San Luis Obispo County President and CEO Chuck Davison.
Davison expects the service to be a big hit, not just for residents on the Central Coast wishing to travel to the Seattle area, but also for travelers from the Pacific Northwest wanting to experience this area.
"Those individuals are looking for food and wine experiences, beaches, they're looking to get our of cold weather in the Seattle market, about six months out of year, so it's a great opportunity for us to introduce a great product like San Luis Obispo County to them," said Davison.
From a business standpoint, officials say the flight, which will offer 76 seats to travelers, is a big win for the county.
"This is a very helpful thing to the business community," said Mike Manchak, President and CEO, Economic Vitality Corporation. "There's business travelers that need to get to their customers and get their customers here, so having more flights is critical for business, it's critical to jobs and it's vital to the economy."
The new flight will coincide with the opening of the airport's brand new $35 million terminal, which is scheduled to open next summer.
With a flight path measuring 730 miles, the Seattle flight will be the longest commercial destination in the history of the airport.
Now that Seattle service has been secured, the airport is also looking to add even more destinations in the future.
"We'll continue to work on other ventures," said Bumen. "Denver and Dallas are airports of interest certainly."
Daily flights from San Luis Obispo (SBP) to Seattle begin (SEA) on April 13. Flights will depart San Luis Obispo daily at 12:00 p.m. and arrive at Seattle at 2:35 p.m.
Tickets are currently priced at $149 each way and went on sale Wednesday.