San Bernardino positions itself for Asia

When air cargo volumes increase again worldwide, officials at Southern California’s San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) maintain that SBD, located just 97 kilometers east of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), will be well positioned as an alternative gateway for cargo coming into the US West Coast.

Airbus A380 cargo handling infrastructure major gateway San Bernardino Int'l Airport

LAX has long been a major gateway for Asia-related air traffic. But it’s a known fact that LAX is running out of cargo capacity. Meanwhile, SBD is upgrading its infrastructure and is now ready to accommodate even the Airbus A380.

A couple of years ago construction was completed on a new 3,408 by 61 meters runway capable of handling 680,388 kilograms. “The runway was constructed to Group 6 category, capable of accommodating the Airbus A380,” reports Bill Ingraham, SBD aviation director. “Plans also accommodate extending the runway to 3,444 meters, when necessary.”

Other improvements include over 81 hectares of paved ramp areas, new Category I Instrument Landing System (ILS), Automated Weather Observation System III, fair weather climate and 24 hours per day, seven days per week service capability.

In short, SBD is a fully certified FAA Part 139 airport able to accommodate a variety of operations, including heavy aircraft maintenance, air cargo, as well as passenger and general aviation flights.

Although cargo facilities have not yet been constructed, officials at SBD have identified locations at the airport where such facilities can be built.

Air cargo buildings are planned for around 46,451 square meters and the site approximately 12 hectares, Ingraham says. “We have identified greenfield areas adjacent to the taxiway and anticipate 117,057 square meters at the ramp for air cargo parking and truck staging.”