Rapid growth surrounds the San Bernardino International Airport as more partners like FedEx and UPS open cargo facilities, creating new jobs for the San Bernardino community.
The San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) in recent years has expanded into the logistics market. Benefiting from developments to the SBD’s land being made in collaboration with its partners.
“The airport offers companies flexibility and pricing that airport’s like Ontario International Airport can’t afford,” said Director Michael Burrows.
Director Burrows stated that the SBD continues to offer more jobs, as more partners decide to open cargo docks and other purpose-built facilities.
“Going back to 2016, that was the first year that we went over the 10,000 jobs created with an employment count of 10,786 a milestone for us,” Burrows said.
Some of the services offered at SBD include jet painting, recycling of jets, flight school, cargo docks, and others listed on the SBD Authority website. Meanwhile, the Lluxivair executive terminal offers commodities for pilots and executives
“In 2016 the airport employment rank was in number 4, in 2017 it reaches spot 3 in the area,” proudly expresses Burrows referencing. Information available on the San Bernardino Airport Authority administration website.
Meanwhile, experts at University San Bernardino are devising new methods for educating students on the thriving logistics business and prepare them for the available jobs in this sector. They also look at how the airport is impacting the development of the city of San Bernardino.
Dr. Vipin Gupta Co-director of the Center for Global Management at California State University San Bernardino mentions that having international companies like FedEx and UPS here facilitates exporting of goods for new startups and small businesses in the area.
“There’s been a rapid growth of e-commerce from Amazon and other small businesses,” said Dr. Gupta.
Furthermore, Executive Director of the Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at CSUSB Dr. Kimberly Collins adds that the LTC is looking for partnerships to help educate students on the available careers.
“There are a lot more logistics careers offered with companies like Amazon and the SBD that we need to think more about,” Dr. Collins noted.
The SBD’s growth and success are positively affecting the city of San Bernardino, which in recent years has seen its reputation damaged by tragic events and bankruptcy.
According to the 2017 community indicators report published by the county of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, tourism and freight volume continue to steadily increase and employment as well. This positive growth for the city is important as it develops more relationships with private businesses looking for a new place to settle in.
“We need to look at how we can overcome the negative image of the city, one way we can do that is by improving the flow of traffic in and out the city, bring in more people and goods,” Dr. Collins suggested
To this end, the SBD administration under Director Burrows leadership has implemented a strategic plan that will ensure the San Bernardino airport meets the demands of its cargo partners, investors, and private customers.
“Everybody has to have their niche and in our case, we have to make it cost effective for our partners to be here,” stated Director Burrows.
While other more popular airports such as the Ontario International Airport continue to capture the commercial flight business, SBD and its administration are focused on other ventures that are more realistic and profitable.
According to Director Burrows, “It is important to set realistic goals for this fairly new airport and continue capturing new investors.”
The future for SBD is promising with recent developments to its commercial flights terminal and new partnerships being developed with international companies. Furthermore, The SBD continues to grow and offer job opportunities for the community of San Bernardino as more companies settle here. Nevertheless, CSUSB experts are devising new methods for educating students in the logistics business. In the long term, this collaboration is looking to provide professionals that are ready to lead in these companies.