SBD International Airport Boosts Convenience, Not Landing Fees

Customers to Enjoy Efficient New Billing System—And Fees That Haven’t Increased In 20 Years

April 6, 2021- San Bernardino, CA: The landing fees at SBD International Airport have not increased since 2001 and remain among the lowest in the region—and soon, customers landing at SBD will have a convenient new way to pay them. On April 1, 2021, the Airport will begin using PlanePass, an automated billing solution by Vector Airport Systems. The system affords seamless billing and payments for customers, and it will free Airport staff to focus on other duties.

For the last 20 years, the Airport has assessed aircraft with a Maximum Landing Weight (MLW) over 12,500 pounds at the rate of $1 per 1,000 pounds while those weighing less land free of charge. “With much of the aviation industry upended by the pandemic, keeping our landing fee low is vital to our customers, from individual pilots to large carriers,” says Mark Gibbs, the Airport’s Director of Aviation. “Now more than ever, they know they can rely on SBD to help keep their costs down.”

Starting April 1, customers will further benefit from greater efficiency in billing and payments when the Airport transitions to PlanePass. The system automatically captures aircraft IDs, calculates fees, and bills operators, who then pay using a self-service portal. PlanePass is also contactless—a necessary safeguard to protect customers and staff.

“SBD is committed to providing the easiest way into Southern California, and PlanePass will ensure that our billing and payment process is a completely seamless experience for customers,” says Airport Manager Nikolas Persson. “It will also provide valuable data about airport activity yet requires little or no effort by staff.”

For more information on making payments, please visit Vector’s self-service portal at Cash payments will no longer be accepted at SBD for landing fee billable activities as of April 01, 2021.

 About SBD International Airport: Located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles and within 30 minutes of more than two million people, the former Norton Air Force Base was converted to civilian use in 1992 and later became certified as a commercial airport by the FAA. The Airport offers a full range of services and facilities to support air cargo operations, general aviation, and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses. SBD is positioning itself to provide domestic and international passenger service.

Media Contact

Mark Gibbs, Director of Aviation
(909) 382-4100

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