SBD International Airport (SBD) has come a long way since its early days as the former Norton Air Force Base. SBD is now thriving because local, regional, and global businesses are recognizing the value of the airport’s central location in Southern California—located 60 miles east of Los Angeles—and the easy access it offers to a service area of two million people located in the San Bernardino region.
Visionary federal, state and local leaders who reimagined a base reuse plan successfully converted SBD to civilian use in 1992, followed by certification as a commercial service airport. Air cargo, corporate and general aviation, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, and other aviation support services operate on the airfield.
In particular, air cargo operations are on the rise at SBD as residents and businesses increase their demand for online shopping and the associated on-time door delivery, adding convenience to their lives and lifestyles. Within the past four years, UPS and FedEx both launched operations at SBD. Amazon Air is currently building a regional air hub, offering the potential to add thousands of career opportunities to SBD’s local economy as the facility grows over time.
While this progress is bringing prosperity to the San Bernardino region in the form of careers, goods, and infrastructure investment, it’s important for the airport to be proactive and responsive in educating the community about these changes. To address this, the newly-launched “SBD Good Neighbor Program” is an informational and listening forum that is furthering two-way communications between the airport and the community.
What’s next for SBD? Leadership is actively positioning the airport to provide domestic and international passenger service. Learn more at www.sbdairport.com.
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