Potential for Growth Exists at Former Norton AFB
The airport at the former Norton Air Force Base could generate an estimated $1.2 billion annually in economic activity, helping the region around San Bernardino in Southern California recover from the installation’s closure in 1994, according to a university study.
San Bernardino International Airport now is responsible for 9,355 jobs and a $500 million payroll, reported Redlands Daily Facts. Between 2002 and 2010, business near the airport at the redevelopment project created more than 4,000 new jobs. Employers include Stater Bros., Mattel and Pep Boys.
One trend expected to benefit the airport is the increase in congestion in the Los Angeles/Long Beach port area, which would increase the attractiveness of the airport and logistics facilities at Norton. The air base’s closure resulted in the loss of $1.9 billion in annual economic activity.