New, Direct Flights from Santa Maria, CA to San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix

January 11, 2020

Direct Flights from Santa Maria, CA Starting March 2021

Updated: October 30, 2020

In January 2020, The Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) and United Airlines announced new routes that will help connect Santa Maria and the entire Central Coast to three major travel hubs — Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The daily, direct flights were slated to begin operation in late 2020. However, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flights have been delayed and are now due to begin in March 2021. In addition to the delay, United Airlines has limited the number of flights offered to these locations and is no longer planning to offer the flight from Santa Maria, CA to Los Angeles, CA.

Flight from Santa Maria, CA to Denver, CO

Starting in March 2021, United Airlines will offer one daily flight from Santa Maria, CA to Denver, CO. Santa Maria is 1,147 miles away from Denver. Flight time is estimated at just over 2 hours.

Flight from Santa Maria, CA to San Francisco, CA

Starting in March 2021, United Airlines will offer one daily flight from Santa Maria, CA to San Francisco, CA. Santa Maria is 224 miles away from San Francisco. Flight time is estimated at just under an hour.

Santa Maria, CA to Los Angeles, CA

It was initially announced that 2 flights would travel between Santa Maria and Los Angeles, but these flights are no longer in the plans as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All of these flights will use United Express CRJ-200 jets, which seat 50 passengers. This new service offers benefits to Central Coast locals and national or international travelers looking to experience the exquisite food, wine and recreation only found on the Central Coast. These flights mark the 20th airport in California served by United Airlines.

Currently, SMX offers just one regular route — Santa Maria to Las Vegas via Allegiant Air. A new Allegiant Air flight from Santa Maria to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway International Airport will begin service on November 19. The new flights will reportedly occur on Thursdays and Sundays.

Santa Maria is now one of the fastest-growing cities on the Central Coast, and high demand from business and leisure travelers alike made the addition of more flights essential. Although these routes don’t begin until March 2021, tickets are available for purchase now at United.com.

While here, travelers can experience 34 winery tasting rooms, 15 beaches, 24 hiking trails, miles of cycling, and more recreation opportunities on the beautiful California Central Coast. Plan your trip to Santa Maria Valley now.

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In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, seven unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.

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