The County of San Bernardino has a impressive collection of airports serving cargo, passenger, and private markets that provide businesses cost-effective and time-efficient alternatives to other regional business centers.
LA/ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ONT) is a medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities and through service to many international destinations. ONT is located in the City of Ontario, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. . It is the second largest commercial airport in Southern California after the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Situated near the intersection of two major interstate highways, ONT is also the center of a rapidly developing freight movement system that includes the airport, two railroads, four major freeways, and an expanding network of freight forwarders. LA/Ontario is the United Parcel Service's (UPS) Western Region hub for both air and trucking operations within a 13-state region. In addition to serving intra-regional traffic, the hub links to UPS's global hub in Louisville and serves as an international gateway for UPS' cargo flights to and from China.
ONT’s more than 220 daily flights provide service to major cities in the U.S.
SAN BERNARDINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SBIA, airport code: SBD) is comprised of two separately governed joint powers authorities; namely the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) to oversee the redevelopment and reuse of the former Norton Air Force Base to civilian and commercial use. The overall objectives of both agencies are to replace the jobs lost in the community when the base closed, improve the infrastructure, landscape, and aesthetics of the local and surrounding areas, and promote economic and aviation related activities to increase the tax base of the region. The San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) allows for Stage 2 aircraft and has over 60,000 annual flight operations comprised mainly of charter, corporate and general aviation users. The Airport has recently completed a redesigned Passenger Terminal Facility in anticipation of future passenger airlines services.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOGISTICS AIRPORT (SCLA, airport code: VCV) is a 2,500-acre world-class aviation and air cargo facility serving international and domestic needs. The airport can accommodate all current-flying commercial and military aircraft with a 24-hour per day tower operation and emergency response capabilities comparable to the world’s largest airports. SCLA offers 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operations with onsite U.S. Customs. It has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #243) and a Local Agency Military Base Recovery Act (LAMBRA) Zone by the federal government. The County is also planning two business expansion projects at this airport within the next 5 years that will expand its aircraft repair capabilities (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy).
County Owned General Aviation
The following are the six County-owned general aviation airports. For more information on them, please visit the San Bernardino County Department of Airports website or the Google Maps-based County airport info page.
APPLE VALLEY AIRPORT, is the gem of the county’s high desert, located in the town of Apple Valley – an area which has seen explosive growth in the last decade. Built in 1970, it is the gateway to the Victor Valley region and offers a year-round VFR. Flying services available at Apple Valley Airport include fuel, food, maintenance, charters, rentals, and flight training.
BAKER AIRPORT, located at the entrance to Death Valley, is an emergency airfield, as well as a strategic location for flying parts in for trucks that have broken down while traversing the freeway to and from Las Vegas, Nevada. Though the airport is unattended and offers no services, it is conveniently located only three miles from the desert city of Baker
BARSTOW-DAGGETT AIRPORT is located in the desert area near the city of Barstow, on the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Built in 1933 as a CAA Beacon Site, it is the oldest of the county airports and was formerly owned at different times by both the US Marine Corps and the US Army, as well as the CAA. Fly into Barstow-Daggett and experience history.
CHINO AIRPORT is the largest airport operated by the County Airports Department and is also classified a Reliever Airport, due to its proximity to LA/Ontario International Airport and John Wayne Airport. Chino Airport is located in the booming Inland Empire region, one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. This airport is currently the site of several improvement and expansion projects and promises to assume an increasingly important role in meeting the flying needs of the bustling region it serves. Chino is unique in that it boasts all the amenities of the Inland Empire region and the neighboring metropolis of Los Angeles, while maintaining a quaint rural flavor of its own. The airport is a “Warbird Haven” and houses some 900+ aircraft. Fuel is available at Chino 24 hours per day. Chino is home to the Planes of Fame museum and Flo’s Café.
NEEDLES AIRPORT is located in eastern San Bernardino County and was constructed originally to support cross-country TWA flights. The Needles Airport offers maintenance, fuel, and pilot supplies to aviators through its FBO, Paradice Aviation
TWENTYNINE PALMS AIRPORT, near the picturesque city of Twentynine Palms, California, is the closest airport to the entrance of the fabulous Joshua Tree National Park. The airport was built in 1940 and served as an auxiliary glider airport during World War II.