The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is an important component of the local transportation network. It enhances the movement of people, goods, and services to and from the outside world, allowing the economy to operate more effectively and efficiently. And the airport had an exciting year in 2016.
The County’s new $35.4 million airport terminal was under construction all year and is expected to be completed in 2017. This terminal project is primarily funded by two federal grants. The new terminal will enhance the customer experience by providing a spacious, modern facility and updated amenities including four gates, jet bridges, pre- and post-security concessions, and an outdoor connector to a spacious passenger boarding lounge.
In addition to building a new terminal, the County announced in June that Alaska Airlines is bringing the local community daily nonstop flight service to and from Seattle, starting in April 2017.
This long-awaited connection to the Pacific Northwest will help our local businesses grow, increase tourism opportunities in San Luis Obispo County, and link our community into the vast Alaska Airlines network. Airport staff and local community partners worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this new carrier on board, and look forward to the new partnership. These new two-hour flights will also have more seats than other flights leaving San Luis Obispo.
This long-awaited new service will connect San Luis Obispo County to Alaska’s network, increase accessibility to Seattle’s tech industries, and carry visitors into the Central Coast’s thriving wineries and beaches. All of this will, hopefully, further improve the area’s economy.
The airport also redesigned its website, www.sloairport.com, to provide the community with easier access to the travel information they need. It has a bevy of new features including a trip cost calculator, route mapper, and ticket purchasing link.
In 2016, the airport worked diligently toward its mission of delivering a safe and convenient airport experience, while exceeding customer expectations, and connecting our community to the world. The County operates and maintains the airport as a community service.