Since 2008, the EVC and the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) have worked closely to regain over ninety percent of the service that was lost in 2008 when two of the four airlines stopped serving the airport. These organizations also commissioned a market analysis of traveler preferences and opportunities for increased air service. With an economic impact of $177 million, air service and a modern, competitive airport are vital to our local economy, particularly for the business travelers, who rely upon air travel to keep local companies thriving and creating local jobs. The tourism industry also heavily benefits from enhanced air service due to greater and easier access for those who wish to visit San Luis Obispo County. The EVC collaborates with the county, the airport and key business leaders from clusters such as Knowledge and Innovation and Uniquely SLO to attract additional service options.
On June 29th, 2016, the EVC, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and Visit SLO County announced the addition of a non-stop flight to Seattle by Alaska Airlines – a new airline to our community. This new service is a huge step to providing greater travel options to and from our region for leisure travelers and the business community and it will begin on April 13, 2017.
Furthermore, in the summer of 2017, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport will open a new airport terminal, which is a vital investment in our County to help keep and create local jobs. The terminal is funded primarily through federal grants and in part by the County.