Trend Toward Greater Mix of Commercial and Corporate Aircraft Accelerated
February 10, 2022 – San Bernardino, CA: San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) realized significant growth in 2021, including double-digit increases in corporate aircraft, international flights, and air cargo activity, along with continued growth in commercial aircraft operations. The shifting fleet mix accelerated an already growing trend toward commercial and corporate aircraft in recent years.
In 2021, corporate aircraft reached 8,272 flights, representing a 20% increase over the previous year, and 406 international flights vs. a previous high of 243 flights in 2018. Commercial aircraft flight activity increased 6%, despite low activity by the U.S. Forest Service relative to previous years. Air cargo activity continued its ascent for a fifth straight year, with SBD ranking in the top 35 cargo airports in the United States last year.
“SBD is the ideal location for aviation businesses seeking a strategic alternative in Southern California,” says Mark Gibbs, the Airport’s Director of Aviation. Chosen by cargo giants for its proximity to the estimated 4.7 million consumers in Southern California’s Inland Empire, SBD has become increasingly popular with corporate and commercial operators. “Last year’s aircraft trends indicate growing demand for convenient, cost-effective access to the Inland Empire region,” says Gibbs.
About SBD International Airport: Located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles and within 30 minutes of more than two million people, the former Norton Air Force Base was converted to civilian use in 1992 and later became certified as a commercial airport by the FAA. The Airport offers a full range of services and facilities to support air cargo operations, general aviation, and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses. SBD is positioning itself to provide domestic and international passenger service. For more information, visit: sbdairport.com
Director of Aviation