Santa Maria Public Airport is planning expansion

Santa Maria Public Airport is planning expansion

The Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) in California is hoping to increase commercial flight exposure this year. The last time the airport had a daily commercial flight was more than a year ago after Hawaii based Mokulele Airlines stopped their daily flights to Los Angeles.

Ever since, the airport has had just one commercial flight, Allegiant Air to Las Vegas.

The four-time a week flight is often full and very popular. Nearby airports in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara are each experiencing growth and success.

As both add new airlines and destinations, SMX is working hard to keep up with the competition. After going the entire year in 2018 without hub service airport management is optimistic to establish such a service in 2019.

Insiders say services to either Phoenix, Denver of Salt Lake City are in the planning. Travelers support that claim, saying are looking forward to using the airport more in the future.

Last month, San Luis Obispo capped off an amazing two-year run with an announcement daily service to Dallas will begin this April. Other changes could also be coming to the airport.

The airport board is looking into possible rezoning of property on its southern end for commercial and industrial use. Airport management recently presented a plan to a Planning Commission study session and has yet to formally file an application for rezoning.

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