San Bernardino International Airport will soon have its first scheduled passenger flights.
Breeze Airways, a low-fare airline that began operating in 13 states last May, will start daily non-stop flights between San Bernardino International and San Francisco on Aug. 4, according to a statement on the airport’s website.
The airport, located on the former Norton Air Force Base, has functioned as a logistics/cargo airport since its conversion to civilian use was completed about 10 years ago.
Breeze Airways’ announcement Tuesday was a milestone for San Bernardino International, because airport officials have long wanted to operate passenger fights from the former military installation.
“Breeze Airways’ announcement of daily nonstop service to San Francisco International Airport is a monumental moment for our Inland Southern California region and our communities that have supported the base reuse effort for many years, invigorating the resurgence of true travel options for our residents, businesses, and friends and families,” said Frank J. Navarro, president of the the San Bernardino International Airport Commission, in the statement.
Flights will leave San Bernardino International at 8 a.m. and arrive at San Francisco International at 9:30 a.m. The return flight will leave San Francisco at 10:10 a.m. and arrive in San Bernardino at 11:40 a.m.
The San Bernardino-San Francisco flights are expected to pump about $57 million annually into the Inland Empire economy, according to the statement.