FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2021
Chamber Celebrates Tourism Rebound at Santa Barbara Airbus Ribbon Cutting
GOLETA, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Santa Barbara Airbus invite media to join as we celebrate Santa Barbara Airbus’ reopening on May 6th with service resuming to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Tourism and business travel both play a significant role in the economic vitality of our region. The Chamber is excited to see tourism numbers increase as visitors come enjoy the South Coast safely.
Kristen Miller, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, shares, “We are delighted to mark this moment of reopening with our long-time members at Santa Barbara Airbus. Having a variety of options for connectivity for our travelers is so important and the Chamber is a champion for making sure air service at our local airport and LAX is accessible.”
The travel and hospitality industries have been impacted greatly throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent economic crisis. Recovery is expected to take several years, but the Chamber is seeing positive signs of rebound.
Santa Barbara Airbus closed its doors in March of 2020 as the pandemic intensified and travel demand plummeted, but now plans to reopen on May 6th in time for late spring and summer travel. Santa Barbara Airbus will resume LAX shuttles on May 6th, with 10 trips a day of daily service to and from LAX.
“Santa Barbara Airbus is so grateful to be able to resume operations safely,” said General Manager Samantha Onnen. We are glad to see that tourism and business travel is coming back and that people are feeling comfortable getting back out into the world.”
Tomorrow’s ribbon cutting is the first one of this year for the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. Due to social distancing and safety guidelines, only media is invited to attend. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 11 a.m. at Santa Barbara Airbus at 750 Technology Dr, Goleta, CA 93117.