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San Bernardino airport gets green light to expand cargo handling capacity

THE Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Centre planned for San Bernardino International Airport, California has been given the nod by the US Federal Aviation Administration (F), removing obstacles blocking the development of a 660,000-square-foot sorting facility and two 25,000-square-foot support buildings, located at the former Norton Air Force base

07 January 2020 - 19:00

THE Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Centre planned for San Bernardino International Airport, California has been given the nod by the US Federal Aviation Administration (F), removing obstacles blocking the development of a 660,000-square-foot sorting facility and two 25,000-square-foot support buildings, located at the former Norton Air Force base.

F Western-Pacific region airports division director Mark McClary determined that the privately-funded project met federal requirements and will not significantly affect the quality of the environment.



The project was delayed due to approval pending an environmental study of the project. 'This really is a gamechanger for the airport because it allows us to get the airport into a self-sustaining operational mode,' the airport's executive director Michael Burrows was quoted as saying in a report by Mumbai Stat Trade Times.



'FedEx and UPS have helped put us on the map, they really have, and we owe a lot to them, but with this new project, it really takes us and the airport into where it was designed to be.'



The San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBI) has already approved a 35-year ground lease with master developer Hillwood Enterprises for development of 100 acres of land at the airport, including space for the Eastgate project.



The agreement includes three extension options totalling an extra 14 years. Initial lease revenues have been estimated at US$2.6 million annually, according to SBI sources.



Eastgate will increase the recommended solar power generating capacity while incorporating energy-efficient green buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and electric aviation ground support equipment.



When the facility opens, up to 12 flights are expected each day, with that figure rising to 26 by 2025.


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