General Airport Questions

Does the Airport have an observation deck?

Yes. The observation deck is located in the middle of the terminal building near the restaurant.

Does the Airport have smoking areas?

Smoking is NOT permitted in the Airport, except in designated areas outside of the terminal.

Does the Airport offer Wireless Internet access?

Yes, wireless internet access is free at the Airport.

How do I get to the Airport?

To get driving directions from a map application, type either the Airport code (SMX) or the following street address into the destination box.

Santa Maria Public Airport
3249 Terminal Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93455

On a mobile device? Scroll down and click the directions link.

Going northbound on 101 freeway:
1. Get off at Betteravia Road exit and turn left onto Betteravia Road.
2. Continue west to Skyway Drive (also Blosser Road) and turn left.
3. Follow Skyway Drive until you come to Terminal Drive and turn right.
4. You will be right at the Airport.

Going southbound on 101 freeway:
1. Get off at Betteravia Road exit and turn right onto Betteravia Road.
2. Continue west to Skyway Drive (also Blosser Road) and turn left.
3. Follow Skyway Drive until you come to Terminal Drive and turn right.
4. You will be right at the Airport.

I live north of Santa Maria. How do I get public transportation to the Airport?

Contact the Regional Transit Authority in San Luis Obispo at (805) 541-2228 or (805) 781-4472. They connect with SMAT in Santa Maria on their Route 4. The SMAT bus phone number is (805) 928-5624.

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I was wondering how to apply for a job at the Airport or one of the airlines at the Santa Maria Airport. Do I have to check online for each individual airline or is there another way to apply to work at one of the airlines in Santa Maria?

Please check the airline, FBO, and car rental websites or check airport employment opportunities. Currently there are no vacancies for the Airport; however, the airlines or FBOs may have an employment opportunity.

Is it possible to drop off and pick up someone in front of a terminal?

Yes, vehicles are permitted to pull up curbside, but ONLY for ACTIVE loading and unloading. Vehicles left unattended at the curb will be towed.

Is there an A.T.M. machine in the Terminal Building?

Yes. It is located near Pepper Garcia’s Restaurant in the middle of the terminal by the front doors.

Lost Items. Who do I contact if I have lost something at the Airport?

Check with the Airport Police Department at (805) 925-4086.
Santa Maria Public Airport at (805) 922-1726.

However, if you think you’ve lost an item on the plane, at the ticket counter, or left your baggage on the baggage claim carousel please go to our Airlines & Flight Schedules for links to the airlines flyiing out of Santa Maria. If you’ve lost something at Security Screening please contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (855) 787-2227

What are the hours that the terminal building is open?

Every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What are the telephone contact numbers for the airlines at the Airport, and their ticket counter hours?

Allegiant Air: (702) 505-8888
Counter hours: Usually for one hour after the flight has left the Airport.

United Airlines-Coming Fall 2021.

What is the latest on the Coronavirus and how can I protect myself?

https://publichealthsbc.org/
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/

What kind of vehicle parking is available? How close is the parking? How much does it cost?

Parking is free and within walking distance to the terminal building at the Airport. Short and long-term parking is available in front of the passenger terminal building. Passenger vehicles can be left a maximum of 14-days without obtaining prior permission from the Airport Manager. Longer stays can be arranged by contacting the Airport Administration at (805) 922-1726 or by filling out the “Long Term Parking Information” form at the District Office. In the event of aviation security issues, parking locations may change without prior notice. Vehicles parked in violation of the parking regulation or aviation security measures will be ticketed, towed, and impounded at the owner’s expense.

Long Term Parking Form

Airline or Flight Questions

Baggage issues. I haven’t got my luggage back yet, who do I contact?

United Airlines: 1-800-335-2247
Allegiant Airlines: (866) 719-3910

Can I meet someone or escort them to the gate?

Only passengers with tickets to travel on that day are permitted past security checkpoints to the gate areas. Those wishing to meet someone in the terminal building can wait in the areas just before the checkpoints, or meet in the baggage claim areas. Please contact your airline if you have special circumstances regarding gate access.

Can I take food or beverages with me onto the commercial airline?

Contact your airline for full information.

Can I transport my pet on the commercial airline(s)?

Contact your airline for pet restrictions.


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How can I check the status of a flight online?

Using the airline name and flight numbers, you can check the flight status at www.flightview.com. This site is not affiliated with Santa Maria Airport and we cannot be responsible for any inaccuracy in the information provided on this site. To further check the status of a particular flight, check with your airline. Your best source for information regarding departure delays due to local conditions and procedures is your airline, via phone or their website.

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How early should I arrive prior to my flight?

Passengers should arrive at the Airport at least 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of a domestic flight, and two hours prior to the scheduled departure of an international flight.

I am going to be late arriving at the Airport, who can I call?

Contact your airline.

I have medications or a medical device, can I take it on the commercial flight?

Contact your airline ahead of time.

I just booked my flight and have not received a confirmation on my booking, and itinerary of my flight. How do I get them?

Please check your airline website or go to our Airlines & Flight Schedules for links to the airlines flying out of Santa Maria.

I left an item on a plane. What do I do?

Please check your airline website or go to our Airlines & Flight Schedules for links to the airlines flying out of Santa Maria.

Is there a pet relief area at the airport?

Contact the District Office at (805) 922-1726 or the Airport Police for instructions.

Is there assistance for minors traveling alone?

To obtain assistance for minors traveling alone, please contact your airline.

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My flight is delayed, what do I do?

Please check your airline website or go to our Airlines & Flight Schedules for links to the airlines flying out of Santa Maria.

What can I pack in my bags?

For the latest regulations regarding prohibited items, please check the TSA website. In compliance with U.S. federal government security regulations, bags may only be checked within four hours of departure. Also, for your convenience it is advisable to pack medicines, jewelry and other valuables in your carry-on baggage rather than checking bags containing these items.

What size and how many carry-ons can I take with me on the airline?

Contact your airline for specific dimensions and how many carry-ons you can take on the airline with you.

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General Aviation

Do you have hangars to rent?
Please see our current List of Available Hangars. If there are currently none available, please fill out our Wait List Application
How do I get an airport security badge?

To issue identification badges, the airport must collect information from each individual, perform a security check, and train each individual as to their responsibilities. You will need to make an appointment with the Administration office by calling (805) 922-1726.  Please complete the application prior to your appointment.

How long will it take to get my AOA badge? How much does it cost?

Getting a badge depends on how fast you clear the TSA threat assessment. The process can take anywhere from one to two weeks. When your badge is ready we will call you to let you know. The fee for an AOA badge is $25.00, due when you apply for your badge.

I am a general aviation pilot, have left my aircraft inside of the Airport Operations Area and now need to get back to my plane. What do I need to do?

You need to be escorted back into the A.O.A. by Airport Police, a Santa Maria Public Airport employee or, if you have been to the Radisson Hotel, have an authorized employee escort you back.

I am no longer a customer of the airport, but my badge has not expired. Is it still good?

No, you must be affiliated with the airport to have a badge. If this no longer applies to you, your badge will be disabled. Please return your badge to the airport administration office. Badges that are not returned will receive a lost badge fee.

I am supposed to meet a private airplane at the Airport, where do I go to meet them?

Either at an FBO or transient parking at the Radisson Hotel.

I have a badge. How do I know when I need to renew it?

There is an expiration date on the bottom of the card printed in red. Your badge will be turned off on this date. You may renew your badge anytime within 30 days before this date without disrupted access. The fee for a renewal is $15.00. You will need to make an appointment with the Administration office by calling (805) 922-1726. Please complete the application prior to your appointment.

My AOA badge is expired? What do I do?

You must contact the airport administration office no later than 30 days after your expiration date to arrange for a renewal. After 30 days, you must start the process over again and re-paying the $25.00 initial badge fee.

Vandenberg AFB Launches

Where can I view rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB?

All launches from Vandenberg AFB are announced in advance by the Air Force and in Launch Alert. For locations and more information please visit: http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm

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