September 8, 2008

Horizon Air Providing Nonstop Jet Service Between Sacramento and Santa Barbara

Horizon Air today announced new nonstop jet service between Sacramento and Santa Barbara starting Nov. 9, 2008, linking the state capital with the popular South Coast city.

"Instead of spending hours on the road or flying to an out-of-the-way airport, business travelers and those traveling on government-related business can fly nonstop between Sacramento and Santa Barbara, put in a day's work, and be home the same day," said Dan Russo, vice president of marketing and communications at Horizon.

Sacramento and Santa Barbara lost their nonstop air connection on Sept. 1 when another airline pulled out of the route.

"This is a challenging time to develop new air service and we feel fortunate to have expanded Horizon flights at Santa Barbara," said Karen Ramsdell, Santa Barbara Airport director.

"This connection between Sacramento and Santa Barbara will offer a convenient and popular route for leisure and business travelers alike, and will provide the Santa Barbara region with a convenient alternative connection to business and leisure markets outside California," said G. Hardy Acree, director of airports for the Sacramento County Airport System. "By connecting Santa Barbara with the capital of California, both communities will enjoy convenient transportation to support business, leisure and governmental endeavors."

With Horizon's new service, pleasure travelers from Sacramento will regain a valuable getaway destination. Often referred to as the "American Riviera," Santa Barbara offers visitors a mild climate, Mediterranean architecture, stellar golf courses, pristine beaches, a bustling waterfront district, miles of bike paths, acres of wine country and much, much more.

Leisure travelers from Santa Barbara will regain direct access to all the Sacramento Valley offers, including historical Old Sacramento, gold rush country in the foothills, many low-cost and free family-oriented attractions, and the gateway to Lake Tahoe/Reno recreation areas.

Tickets between Sacramento and Santa Barbara start at $79 (Note A) each way and are available now at or by calling 800-547-9308.

The two nonstop flights will operate daily Monday through Friday. Horizon will offer one daily flight on Saturday and Sunday. The flights will be operated with 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jets.

Horizon will continue to offer daily nonstop service between Santa Barbara and Seattle. Nonstop service between Santa Barbara and Portland will be replaced with one-stop service via Sacramento.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines currently serve Sacramento with daily nonstops to Boise, Palm Springs, Portland, San Jose and Seattle.

The schedule for the new route is as follows:

 Depart Sacramento     Arrive Santa Barbara  Stops    Days 8:50 a.m.             10:10 a.m.            Nonstop  Except Sunday 7:40 p.m.             8:59 p.m.             Nonstop  Except Saturday  Depart Santa Barbara  Arrive Sacramento     Stops    Days 7:00 a.m.             8:20 a.m.             Nonstop  Except Sunday 5:00 p.m.             6:20 p.m.             Nonstop  Except Saturday 

Horizon serves 48 cities throughout Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Baja California Sur (Mexico), and British Columbia and Alberta (Canada). Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve 95 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK).

(Note A) FARE RULES: $79 fare valid between Sacramento and Santa Barbara on nonstop flights only with 14-day advance purchase. Not included in the fare shown: U.S. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of $4.50 each way, Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per segment and U.S. Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement. Other important information: Tickets are nonrefundable, but can be changed for a $75 fee when changes are made online at ($100 when changes are made through our reservation call center or ticket counters and $125 when originally booked through a travel agent and changes are made through our reservation call center or ticket counter) and any applicable changes to fare. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. All fares, taxes, and fees are subject to change without notice and other restrictions apply. A ticket purchased at a Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines call center or ticket counter will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare. Passengers may check one bag for free. A second bag may be checked for $25. A fee of $100 will be assessed for each additional checked bag. Additional fees apply to overweight or oversized checked baggage. Complete fare rules available at