Southwest Airlines Bets On California With New Routes - Simple Flying


Southwest Airlines is adding five new routes to California from this April. The new flights to Santa Barbara and Fresno continue the airline’s expansion amid the crisis and extend the carrier’s growing hub-and-spoke network, which has become more prominent over the last year.

Southwest Airlines has unveiled its flight schedules out of Fresno and Santa Barbara. Photo: Getty Images

Southwest Airlines adds Fresno and Santa Barbara

In mid-December, Southwest Airlines announced it would add flights to two new cities in California: Fresno and Santa Barbara. The carrier has now revealed the initial flight routes out of these cities.

From Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), the carrier will be adding five daily roundtrip flights. One daily flight will operate to Denver, three daily flights will operate to Las Vegas, and one daily flight will be up to Oakland.

From Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Southwest is planning four daily roundtrip flights. One daily roundtrip will operate to Denver, and three daily flights will operate to Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines will connect both cities to Las Vegas. Photo: Getty Images

Andrew Watterson, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, stated the following on the new routes in a press release seen by Simple Flying:

“We’re boldly launching this eagerly anticipated new year by doubling-down on our consistent commitment to California to offer our value and flexibility to now 13 airports in