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San Bernardino International Airport launches first commercial airline – VVNG.com

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) marked local history on Thursday by launching its first scheduled passenger flights.

Breeze Airways has begun daily nonstop service from SBD to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), with one stop, on the same aircraft, to Provo Airport (PVU) in Utah.

Breeze, an airline founded by aviation entrepreneur and JetBlue founder David Neeleman in 2021, focuses on connecting travelers in underserved cities with air travel to America’s most desired destinations through efficient and affordable flights.

“This is an incredible day for the Inland Empire and its residents and businesses,” he said Frank J. Navarro, chairman of the SBD Commission and mayor of the nearby town of Colton. “The launch of Breeze Airways’ daily direct flights to SFO, with connections to the US and the world, means that our community now has a convenient and affordable choice of airports and airlines for their leisure and business air travel needs.”

“The new commercial flights raise the Inland Empire’s profile in the Southern California region and create much-needed jobs for our growing community,” continued Navarro. “I am grateful to the entire Breeze team for their dedication and investment in San Bernardino International Airport.”

Passengers on Breeze Airways’ inaugural flight from SFO—who were greeted by San Bernardino County firefighters in the shape of a water arch—including the mayor of Provo Michelle Kaufusipresident of Breeze Airways Tom Doxey, along with other members of the Breeze team. Arriving passengers were greeted at the terminal by airport staff and each received a welcome gift bag filled with SBD branded items.

“Today we have the rare honor of being the first commercial airline to fly into San Bernardino, which represents a major milestone for the airport and its community,” Doxey said. “We congratulate the government leaders and airport officials who helped make this happen and look forward to serving the residents of the region.”

To inaugurate the outgoing Breeze Airways flight, airport and airline representatives christened the Embraer E-190 aircraft by spraying bottles of sparkling wine as journalists and other invited guests watched from the airport runway.

Back at Gate 3, departure ceremonies include a DJ playing lively San Francisco-themed music, trivia games, the inaugural cake cutting, event-themed balloon decoration, remarks by airline and airport officials and a ribbon cutting.

SBD once again made history when a Breeze Airways flight to SFO was jettisoned from the boarding gate as the airport’s first departing commercial flight, with passengers and crew receiving a water cannon salute from airport firefighters.

“I have had the incredible opportunity to experience and see the revitalization, progress and evolution of San Bernardino International Airport over many decades,” said SBD CEO Michael Burrows. “I grew up in this community and at the airport – both on and off the airport – when it was the former Norton Air Force Base and I continue to be in awe of the powerful contributions of our commissioners, boards, staff and partners.”

Details on San Bernardino–San Francisco flights follow:

City Pair
SFO – SBD
SBD – SFO
He’s leaving
10:10 am
13:55
It’s coming
11:40 am
15:25

“In addition to the airline’s new, convenient and affordable flights to SFO and Provo, the SBD travel experience includes easy driving access from local roads and highways, on-site parking just steps from the passenger terminal for only $5.00 per day, and a pre- and post-security concession run by a local caterer,” said the director of aviation Mark Gibbs.

Breeze Airways’ daily service positively impacts the Inland Empire, pouring up to $57 million annually into the region through new aviation careers such as ticket and gate agents, ground handlers, TSA employees, flight attendants and pilots, aircraft mechanics and concessionaires.

More information about San Bernardino International Airport and its continued evolution as a community partner can be found at FlySBD.com.

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