PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3059 posts, RR: 4 Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1998 times:
With the closure of Norton AFB several years ago, the County Of San Bernardino,here in the Inland Empire, has taken
steps,not to mention big money, to try to turn the field into a international airport.But as this link points out, the county had to overcome clean ups and upgrade basic systems that the Fed fail to do.And with nearby LA, and so close to SBIA,that the project may be a lost cause.But as the Yahoo/Sun article also says,SB big push promotion to the airlines is lower costs.But no takers yet.
FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3734 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
The obvious choice, G4, is flying from LAX and LGB, so what could a new airline be? Here's my six bets:
-UAX to DEN and SFO
-DL Connection to SLC
-A west coast base for Direct Air/XP
-USA 3000/Apple Vacations charters to Mexico
-A new startup scheduled carrier
-Maybe (but hopefully not) JetAmerica v2.1 (Weikle has always said that JetAmerica is "just on hiatus". Don't rule them out.)
Primary Airport: FWA/Alternate Airport: DTW/Not employed by the FWACAA or their partners
surfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2862 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1554 times:
I commend folks in San Bernardino for their efforts, but I just don't see it working out for them. The Inland Empire is already very well served by ONT, which is IMO in the perfect location to serve the area - right next to the junction between the key East-West and North-South thoroughfares (the I-10 and I-15, respectively). SBD is considerably farther East (so much so that is on the very fringe of "Greater Los Angeles"), making it very unattractive to folks in LA and its near Eastern suburbs like Arcadia and Montebello, and even a stretch for the kids at Pomona. ONT itself is struggling just to draw enough folks to it, I can't imagine the hurdles SBD would face to get folks to fly in and out of there. We all know that PMD is not a viable (sixth) LA area commercial airport, even when it has an entire region (the Antelope Valley) at its doorstep. SBD would be fighting against ONT for pax, and you can bet that the LAWA would launch a vicious campaign to keep folks going there.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!