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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.

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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.










Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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