Southwest Airlines to fly between OAK and Santa Barbara

Oakland, Calif. – January 26, 2021: Oakland International Airport welcomed the news that Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop service between the East Bay airport and Santa Barbara, California (SBA). Daily Boeing 737 flights begin April 12 and seats are now on sale at with low fares from just $39 one-way. Today Southwest published the following schedule:


Depart Oakland 11:45 a.m. – Arrive Santa Barbara 12:55 p.m.



Depart Santa Barbara 1:30 p.m. – Arrive Oakland 2:45 p.m

Santa Barbara becomes the eighth Southern California destination that Southwest Airlines serves from OAK – a new record high. Southwest carries more passengers within the State of California than any other airline. Oakland International Airport is home to Southwest’s largest California base offering flights from coast to coast across the US, including Hawaii.

“Santa Barbara is an often requested yet currently unserved destination from the East Bay”, said Port of Oakland Director of Aviation Bryant L. Francis. “Southwest is California’s favorite airline, and they have done a great job connecting the dots enabling Californian’s and visitors to the Golden State to fly between California’s preferred airports with great schedules,  low fares as well as Southwest’s legendary service.”

About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 50th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service to a Customer base topping 130 million passengers in 2019. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 103 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. The carrier issued its Southwest® Promise in May 2020 to highlight new and round-the-clock efforts to support its Customers and Employees wellbeing and comfort. Among the changes are enhanced cleaning efforts at airports and onboard aircraft and facemask requirements for Customers and Employees Additional details about the Southwest Promise are available at

About Oakland International Airport  

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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Oakland International Airport 

Roberto Bernardo, Airport spokesperson 

OAK 24-hour media only hotline: 510-563-6500  


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