Inland airport could reduce LAX’s burden

first_imgIf Scott Spencer has his way, all that will change. Spencer is manager of SBD Airport Services, which leases the airport’s main hangar, as well as a passenger terminal that is under construction. The airport is the made-over former Norton Air Force Base. As Spencer told the Los Angeles Times, the airport could be the low-cost alternative for airlines serving the fastest growing area in the state. He says a scheduled airline could save an average of $3 million a year by operating at San Bernardino. From a passenger’s viewpoint, this could mean inexpensive flights to both domestic and international destinations without the horrendous traffic and long security lines at LAX. Spencer pointed out that many airline customers drive past San Bernardino to get to Ontario International and other more distant airports. Obviously his airport and Ontario would compete for business, and Ontario isn’t all that busy yet. That should change, though, as the population rises and demand increases. The region will need more flights, and the region’s airports, except for Ontario, are nearing capacity. So far, San Bernardino Airport has spent $8 million on access roads; $34 million to rebuild the runways, which can handle 747 jumbo jets; and $38 million on the new terminal. Nonairline services have increased sharply, and airport officials are going after charter services. All that’s needed now is to attract a few commercial airlines. Neighbors of the region’s already busy airports would be glad to see San Bernardino get the business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Bernardino International doesn’t live up to its name, but let’s hope it gets some business. For those who worry about the pressures on Los Angeles International Airport to expand commercial airline activity, there is welcome news from officials at San Bernardino International Airport. They want a piece of the business. Let’s hope they get it. Despite its lofty name, San Bernardino International has no international flights. In fact it has no commercial flights at all. last_img


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