The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) began as one man’s dream. Earl Thomson, along with his brothers-in-law, William “Chris” and David Hoover, talked county officials into leasing them the land. In April 1939, the airport opened with a single hangar and dirt runways. Airport facilities now include a terminal building, restaurant, hangars, and numerous other businesses.
Oceano Airport (L52) is our general aviation airport located in the southern part of the county. L52 serves as a critical link to emergency responders and a link to the national airport system as a whole.
The County of San Luis Obispo, serves as the operator for both airports and is committed to ensuring that SBP and Ocean Airport (L52) meet the needs of the region. The County has developed the first Department of Airports Strategic Plan to provide the community, public officials, airport tenants, and users with guidance for future direction for both airports.
SBP and L52 are critical elements of the economy and San Luis Obispo county, both in terms of direct on-airport employment and the volume of visitors brought to the county.
As the Strategic Plan unfolds in the coming years, the associated plans, implementation activities, and action items will be logged here.
Thank you for your engagement, we are proud to be your airports of choice here on the Central Coast.