Santa Barbara Airport Closed Due to Flooding

Heavy rain from winter storms blamed for Monday’s shutdown of the California facility.

If your travel plans included a flight to Santa Barbara, California, you better check with your airline and make other plans.

On Monday, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA) was closed due to flooding from as much as 10 inches of rain. According to the airport website, the facility will remain shut down until further notice—more specifically until the water recedes and authorities can check for and repair any damage.

The airport saw 35 flights were canceled on Monday.

According to multiple media sources, Santa Barbara County has been hammered by heavy rain, leading to landslides, downed power lines, and flooding in multiple areas, including the airport that sits at an elevation of just 13.5 feet above sea level. The facility is located in the city of Goleta and bordered by a wetland area known as the Goleta Slough. Local aviation sites note the airport closes frequently due to flooding caused by heavy rains. The entire area is under a flood warning, and there have been multiple evacuations.

FAA NOTAMs have been published to warn pilots that Runways 15R/33L and 15L/33R are closed, and the safety area of Runway 07/25 has standing water.

Early in its use, the airport, opened in 1914, had a seaplane base established by the Lockheed brothers. In 1942 the government took over the airport to create Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara, but it reverted to civilian use in 1946. Today it covers 948 acres with three runways and is served by several major airlines in addition to general aviation operations.


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