American Airlines on Thursday began offering nonstop service from Santa Barbara Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The flights will operate daily, according to Hazel Johns, the Santa Barbara Airport director.
Roundtrip flight fares average about $450, with a travel time of more than three hours.
Johns said the direct service creates new connections for area travelers to international, Midwest and East Coast destinations.
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The Santa Barbara Airport offers direct flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle, with a total of 21 daily departures, Johns said.