Amazon Air selects San Bernardino as new hub

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

SAN BERNARDINO, California – Amazon Air is the latest aviation tenant at SBD International Airport, joining over 75 other companies operating at the airport.

Located approximately 100 km 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.

“We are excited to realize a long-term goal of offering air cargo operations at our airport, just as Norton Air Force Base did at this location for decades,” said Michael Burrows, executive director of SBD International Airport.

“We are pleased to invite Amazon Air to initiate cargo operations alongside other partners at our new cargo facility to benefit local residents and contribute to the region’s job growth and economic recovery.”

“The Regional Air Hub is being built from the ground up to fit Amazon Air’s operational needs, including the use of solar power and electric ground support equipment,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice-president, Amazon Global Air.

“We look forward to opening the facility in 2021.”

“Ever since the 1988 closure of Norton Air Force Base, our community has been looking for new ways to utilize the airport’s potential to bring good-paying jobs back to San Bernardino,” said Representative Pete Aguilar of California’s 31st Congressional District.

“In these challenging times, this type of investment will make the San Bernardino International Airport an engine for future economic growth and create thousands of new jobs for our residents. I look forward to working with Amazon Air and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority to ensure this development leads to the best possible outcomes for our community.”

The project is privately financed, including critical airport infrastructure, making it a new development archetype on an FAA certificated, commercial public use airport.