AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ Former air force bases offer alternatives to congested airports

Two former US military air force bases are coming into their own for cargo and passenger service: Port San Antonio (formerly Kelly Air Force Base) and San Bernardino International Airport (SBD), formerly NortonAir Force Base. Port San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, is working closely with Asia, Latin America and Middle Eastern carriers to develop […]


Two former US military air force bases are coming into their own for cargo and passenger service: Port San Antonio (formerly Kelly Air Force Base) and San Bernardino International Airport (SBD), formerly NortonAir Force Base.

Port San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, is working closely with Asia, Latin America and Middle Eastern carriers to develop service with its Kelly International Air Cargo Airport (SKF). “These carriers may consider Port San Antonio as a hub for their service for markets in the US and other markets such as Mexico,” explains Marcela V. A. Dean, senior business development manager.“As congestion grows in traditional aircargo airports, Port San Antonio maybe an effi cient alternative.”

Already Port San Antonio has an offi ce in Shanghai dedicated to developing air cargo business. With a 11,500-foot heavy-duty runway, SKF is ready for “heavy lift” cargo aircraft and heavy-duty equipment deliveries. In addition, Port San Antonio can provide space for aircraft parking and“build-to-suit” product storage of heavyequipment or a sortation centre. Alsolocated there is a Foreign Trade Zonewhich permits the consolidation of USand Asian cargoes bound for Mexicoand vice-versa. In addition, the Port’sgeographical position enables effi cientfeeder service to other countries.

“As freight forwarders and carriers from around the world become aware of our advantages, tonnage through our facilities will certainly commence as well as potentially migrate from other air cargo centres,” Dean expects.