Frontier Airlines’ inaugural service from Denver to Santa Barbara is seen taxiing to stand at the Californian airport on 21 August, with the flight having been operated by the airline’s N201FR-registered A320. Flightradar24.com data shows that the first service touched down in a cloudy Santa Barbara five minutes ahead of schedule at 15:22.
- Frontier Airlines made a return to Santa Barbara (SBA) in California on 21 August with a three times weekly service from Denver (DEN), a route which the ULCC last operated on 6 January 2015. The carrier will serve the 1,469-kilometre sector using its fleet of A320s, with direct competition coming from Star Alliance member United Airlines, with the latter already providing 27 weekly flights on the connection. This is the second airline inauguration at Santa Barbara in recent weeks, with it having welcomed Sun Country Airlines and its first flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul on 16 August. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Santa Barbara Airport handled over 706,000 passengers in 2017, while for the first five months of this year the Californian facility processed 288,718 people, up 7.7% versus the same five months of 2017.