News & Facts

Photograph of passengers arriving to SBAPassengers arrive at the Santa Barbara Airport


  • On any given day; an average of 2,100 passengers arrive and depart from Santa Barbara Airport.
  • Santa Barbara is the busiest airport on the California coast between Los Angeles & San Jose serving more than 750,000 passengers annually.
  • Located eight miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara, the Airport sits on 954 acres.
  • 5 passenger airlines and 1 cargo carrier operate approximately 40 daily departures.
  • The Airport contributes over 1/2 billion dollars annually to Santa Barbara County’s economy & directly or indirectly supports over 2,500 jobs in the County. Besides operation and maintenance of the Airline Terminal and airfield, the Airport is landlord to 76 buildings and 120 tenants.
  • The Airport is steward to 430 acres of the Goleta Slough State Marine Park and home to 279 seasonal bird species.
  • 221 General Aviation aircraft based at SBA are valued at more than $128 million. 
    (2008 County Assessor)
  • There are approximately 15,000 take-offs and landings each month (General Aviation: commercial & military).
  • 180,000 annual aircraft operations
  • Commercial runway - 6,052 feet long.
  • Two parallel general aviation runways - approximately 4, 000 feet long (each).
  • 20,000 square foot Airline Terminal building.
  • 67,000 square ft. two story new Airline Terminal under construction with completion date of 2012 that will meet LEED standards.
  • 30 aviation service companies.
  • Helicopter base supporting offshore oil operations.
  • Fixed base operators, flight schools, aircraft maintenance facilities and charter services.
  • Annually close to 5, 000 students come to the Vistitor’s Center and receive Airport tours and aviation educational materials.

Statistics For SBA

1997-2010 Passenger/Cargo/Operations


SBA 2008-2010 Air Traffic Records

Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Passenger Count

2012 Reports:


January 2012 Passenger Count

Prior Years:


2011 Passenger Count

2010 Passenger Count