NOTAM: California Wildfires Affecting SoCal Operations

California wildfires near Santa Barbara, California may affect daily MetroAir Connect operations to and from Los Angeles Ontario International Airport.  Pilots are expected to remain vigilant, following avoidance and vectoring instructions provided by Air Traffic Control to maintain safety and smooth traffic operations.  Pilots are expected to remain vigilant via Air Traffic Control & FAA advisories as the affected area lies directly in the normal path of flight between Santa Barbara Airport and Los Angeles Ontario International Airport.

No word yet exists on the status of demand at Santa Barbara Airport, however MetroAir will be watching the situation closely as it progresses.  At present, the “Jesusita” fire affecting Santa Barbara is burning east of the main city and airport, with southeasterly winds pushing smoke and ash into the Ventura and Los Angeles County areas.  The affected area is affecting the direct flight path of airliners transitioning in and out of Santa Barbara Airport to airports in the Ventura County and Los Angeles basin.  Coastal winds are expected to shift into the evening and night, pushing smoke into the valley and mountain areas to the east.

Click HERE for a Google Maps Overlay of the Jesusita Fire

Click HERE for the latest updates on the Jesusita Santa Barbara fire from CAL FIRE

MetroAir waives change fees for customers affected by Santa Barbara Jesusita Fire

SANTA BARBARA–MetroAir is relaxing certain fees for customers who may have to change travel plans as a result of the Southern California wildfires. The airline is offering revised policies, which apply to all customers flying May 6th through May 13th on any MetroAir or MetroAir Connect flight to or from the following airports in Southern California: Santa Barbara. Customers are strongly encouraged to check flight status at  before arriving at the airport and to allow plenty of driving time to the airport.