SLO airport adds flights to Portland and San Diego

September 4, 2019

Officials at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport announced Wednesday the addition of daily, non-stop flights to San Diego and Portland starting in 2020. [Cal Coast Times]

Alaska Airlines will begin flights to San Diego on January 7 and to Portland on June 18. Flight are projected to arrive and depart daily between noon and 6 p.m.

Airport director Kevin Bumen projects the new destinations will usher in 21 new airport jobs and $10 million in economic impact to the area.

In 2017, the airport opened a new terminal as part of a plan to attract potential businesses and increase the areas growing tourism market by adding more destinations.

On Oct. 17, Contour Airlines is slated to begin weekly round-trip service to Las Vegas.


San Diego is a very popular destination from SLO. Annecdotally, I hear countless talk of many people driving down to San Diego, even for a short weekend trip. I drive there myself, which is generally horrific. The train would be great if it were even on schedule, but it RARELY is–I’ve seen the 7-8 hour trip take 14 hours.

I think that this is going to be one of the most popular flights here.

As for Portland, I used to like to go there, but there’s just too much Antifa there now, too many crazies.

Russ J

That route will sell. SLO is the only hub on central Coast (SB doesn’t count). I would use it. Have you driven to SD lately?

fat chance

I have driven to San Diego, it’s horrible. The train isn’t any better. It’s eight hours if they don’t have any problems. I think this route will do great.


unsustainable , United can field the loss , but not Alaska…they will pull the flights after a year sad to say.


The airlines think long and hard about adding flights, but I guess you’re more of an expert? Or maybe one of the build-it-and-they-will-come airport expansion failure crybabies in Paso and Santa Maria that no longer matter because people don’t want to fly into Paso or Santa Maria and you can’t expect an airline to serve three airports spaced 30 miles apart. Watch the 60 Minutes episode before you take Santa Maria’s only passenger route.