San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) has entered into an agreement with UPS to support growing seasonal demand for air cargo flights.
In 2016, UPS operated four weekly flights through SBD during the holiday season. This year UPS will operate up to 18 flights each week during the holidays.
The flight segments will include SBD – Louisville, Kentucky, and SBD – Rockford, Illinois, using Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
UPS South California district president, Tom Cuce says: “This is our busiest time of year, and with the huge spike in holiday shipments, we need additional capacity to deliver for our customers.
“The flights from SBD will connect directly with Worldport, our main air hub in Louisville, and a regional air hub in Rockford, Illinois, connecting the Inland Empire to UPS’s worldwide network.”
UPS expects to deliver about 750 million packages globally between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, a five per cent increase over 2016.
In recent years, SBD has made key investments to support air cargo activities which it says include tremendous expansion and development potential and the gateway says it offers a “competitive environment” for air cargo companies and freight forwarders looking to grow their presence in Southern California.
Located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, SBD is in the heart of a growing goods movement corridor.