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San Bernardino International Airport

San Bernardino International Airport IATA: SBDICAO: KSBDFAA LID: SBD, initialism: SBIA) is a public airport located less than two miles (3 km) southeast of the city center of San Bernardino, California, in San Bernardino County, California, USA. The airport covers 1,329 acres (538 ha) and has one runway. The facility is currently operating as a general aviation and cargo airport located on the former site of Norton Air Force Base, which was built as the San Bernardino Air Depot in 1942 and which was decommissioned in March 1994. A non-federal control tower (NFCT) began operation on November 9, 2008, and is operated under contract by SERCO company personnel.

San Bernardino International Airport
San Bernardino International Airport (emblem).jpg
SBD terminal.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA)
Operator SBIAA
Serves San Bernardino / Inland Empire
Location San Bernardino, California, United States
Elevation AMSL 1,159 ft / 353 m
Coordinates 34°05′43″N 117°14′06″W / 34.095278°N 117.235°W / 34.095278; -117.235Coordinates: 34°05′43″N 117°14′06″W / 34.095278°N 117.235°W / 34.095278; -117.235
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
SBD is located in California
SBD is located in the US
Location within California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 10,000 3,048 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations N/A
Passengers N/A


Norton Air Force BaseEdit

The air base opened shortly after the attacks on Pearl Harbor to protect the southern California area. Norton was placed on the Department of Defense's base closure list in 1989 (the same year that the DoD signed the Federal Facilities Agreement with the EPA).

The closure was cited as due to environmental wastes, inadequate facilities, and air traffic congestion. The last of the facilities on the base were closed in 1995.


Most parts of San Bernardino International Airport were completed in 2011. However, a customs facility is still under construction. San Bernardino International Airport was built to conform to aviation-demand modeling and allocations performed as part of the 2008 Regional Transportation Plan (R.T.P.) of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Imperial, and Orange counties.

The 2008 R.T.P. projects 9.4 million passengers and 1,290,000 tons of air cargo at San Bernardino International Airport in 2035 with improved ground access provided, in part, by high-speed rail. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is currently performing alternatives analysis regarding the Los Angeles-to-San Diego segment, which includes, along the I-215 alignment, an optional station location at Rialto Avenue and E Street in the city of San Bernardino. The 2008 R.T.P states, "The high speed, reliability, and predictability of high-speed airport access will be needed to overcome mounting and increasingly unpredictable traffic congestion (on area freeways)."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are available on call to clear imported goods. The airport is used as a base for United States Forest Service planes fighting forest fires. Several hangars that were formerly empty have recently been occupied by civilian-owned aircraft maintenance companies. The runway is 10,000 feet (3,000 m) long, easily accommodating air cargo aircraft.

The airport and some of the surrounding areas are within the city of San Bernardino and the Inland Valley Development Agency. The surrounding areas are being redeveloped by Hillwood.

The airport has served as the filming location for both the 2001 movie The Fast and the Furious and the 2004 Martin Scorsese film The Aviator using a Lockheed Constellation preserved by the Airline History Museum, and flown in for the shoot, were done at San Bernardino International, with one hangar "dressed" as a Trans World Airlines facility.[2][3]

Airlines and DestinationsEdit

Passenger terminalEdit

San Bernardino International Airport has a completed passenger terminal that is capable of accommodating both domestic and international commercial service.[5] Volaris, a Mexican low-cost airline, announced the beginning of flights to Guadalajara, Mexico in November 2017, but so far flights have not begun.[6]


San Bernardino International Airport is capable of accommodating the largest commercial airliners in service today.

10,000′ × 200′ (3,048 × 61 meters) Rated for Airbus A380 at 1,300,000 lbs.


The airport is located about two miles east of downtown San Bernardino and 14 miles northeast of downtown Riverside. It is located 6 miles northwest of downtown Redlands. It's on the outskirts of Highland. Motorists can either use the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), Barstow-Downtown San Bernardino-Riverside Freeway (Interstate 215), or the Foothill Freeway (State Route 210) to access the airport. It is also served by Omnitrans Route 8 and, indirectly, by the San Bernardino Line and the Inland Empire-Orange County Line of the Metrolink regional rail service.

San Bernardino County grand jury and FBI investigationsEdit

An audit completed June 2011 at the request of a grand jury investigation found examples of potential mismanagement and financial irregularities.[7] In September 2011, as part of a special joint corruption task force, the FBI raided the offices of the airport and the home of airport developer Scot Spencer to secure internal documents.[8] In late September 2011, Don Rogers, the Director of the SBIA Authority (SBIAA) resigned.[9] The grand jury report questioned a relationship between Rogers and Spencer, including a settlement of a legal claim by companies owned by Spencer against the SBIAA for almost $1 million without ascertaining whether Spencer's companies suffered damages equivalent to such an amount.


  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for SBD (Form 5010 PDF), effective March 30, 2017
  2. ^ Larry Denning; Dave Albright. "Connie at the Movies". Airline History Museum. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Picture of the Lockheed L-1049H/01 Super Constellation aircraft". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Passenger Services". San Bernardino International Airport. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Volaris - Select your flight - San Bernardino to Guadalajara" (Web). Volaris. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ Grand Jury. "2011-2012 Final Report" (PDF). County of San Bernardino. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Willon, Phil (September 21, 2011). "FBI raids San Bernardino airport agency as part of investigation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Dulaney, Josh (28 September 2011). "San Bernardino airport director resigns". The San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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