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You can finally fly from Sacramento directly to this popular coastal California city

Luxury lounges, upscale retail, specialty food coming to SMF

Sacramento International Airport will add luxury outlets including an art gallery, two members-only Escape Lounges, a Popsox, Jaynee Cakes, Farm to Fork to Flight, among others.
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Sacramento International Airport will add luxury outlets including an art gallery, two members-only Escape Lounges, a Popsox, Jaynee Cakes, Farm to Fork to Flight, among others.

Sacramento lovers of ornate Spanish missions and families of UC Santa Barbara students are about to get a long-held wish:

Contour Airlines, a national low-cost carrier, announced Thursday it will launch direct flights between the capital city and stately Santa Barbara this spring. The flights, which will be on 30-seat jets, are expected to be daily or six days a week, Sacramento International Airport officials said.

The typical trip by car to Santa Barbara takes six hours. The Contour flights will take about 1 hour, 20 minutes of travel time.

“This new route is a great opportunity for us to restore service to an important intra-California market that has gone unserved since August 2010,” said Cindy Nichol, Sacramento airports director. “This convenient nonstop service will appeal to business and leisure travelers alike and a great option for quick getaways to the central coast.”

Flights will begin April 16, according to the carrier. Tennessee-based Contour also will increase flights from Santa Barbara to Oakland and Las Vegas in May.

Initial fares will be $99 each way.

Horizon Air last flew between Sacramento and Santa Barbara, but stopped in 2010.

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