SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — Passenger numbers at the SLO County Airport (SBP) reached an all-time high for the second year in a row. A total of 660,745 passengers traveled through the airport in 2023, making it the busiest year ever for SBP. Notably, 2023’s numbers are 19% percent higher than 2022’s previous record-high traveler count of 553,425.
SBP’s new record shows that people are flying from their local airport even more than they were pre-pandemic. Before the pandemic, the busiest year on record was 2019, when 544,575 passengers traveled through the airport. This trend is also being noticed by carriers, who have expanded their presence at SBP. Both United Airlines and American Airlines have brought in larger aircraft to serve existing routes, and in December, Alaska Airlines launched a new nonstop flight to Las Vegas, giving the community another exciting, easy-to-reach destination.
“It wouldn’t be possible to celebrate this achievement without recognizing our loyal passengers, airline partners, and the local community for their integral role in our success,” said Courtney Johnson, Director of Airports for San Luis Obispo County. “We look forward to building on this momentum in the coming year and aim to provide passengers with even better service to further solidify our position as a premier travel hub for the region.”
Additional passenger and airline statistics can be found on the airport’s website.
SLO County Airport (SBP) serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of three commercial airlines with flights to several major U.S. hubs. The airport is also home to full-service general aviation and corporate facilities. For more information, or to book a flight, visit sloairport.com.