Now that American Airlines is dropping LAX-Santa Barbara flights, the company that has run shuttle service between the two points for three decades sees a prime opportunity.
"American Airlines will be missed!" Airbus co-founder Eric Onnen said in a statement. "Our service will continue to make LAX connections convenient, reliable and affordable."
Shuttle buses, which take 2 1/2 hours each way, cost $46 one way or $88 round trip for prepaid tickets; $50 and $95, respectively, for regular service. A second passenger goes for $40 one way and $80 round trip if tickets are bought at least 24 hours in advance.
A search on Kayak shows that United Airlines, which flies nonstop between LAX and Santa Barbara, charges $118 to $243 each way for a the hour or so flight. (American is cutting the service because of its restructuring plan with US Airways, it said in February. US Airways, however, will continue to fly between Phoenix and Santa Barbara Airport.)
Airbus runs 16 shuttles each day that start at 3:30 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. from Santa Barbara to LAX. Stops include Goleta and Carpinteria. Return service from LAX to points north starts at 9 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m.