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The two-terminal San Bernardino International Airport is almost complete, after a $200 million effort to convert the former Norton Air Force Base into a regional airport for commercial airliners. But so far, no airliners have shown up to use it.

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Customs officials can look through one-way mirror windows as passengers arrive from an international flight.

San Bernardino International Airport

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A space for customs inspections is inside the international terminal at San Bernardino International Airport.

San Bernardino International Airport

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Executive Director of the San Bernardino International Airport AJ Wilson said the airport has had serious conversations with about nine airlines.

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A sign greets arriving passengers on the way to baggage claim and the airport exit.

San Bernardino International Airport

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Signs lead passengers to the gates. The main source of income right now at the airport is selling fuel to pilots that stop at the former base.


It’s not every day that you get to walk into a brand new, empty airport terminal, but I got a recent tour of the San Bernardino International Airport.

Last month, San Bernardino officials showed off the airport's new international arrivals terminal. It represents the last phase of a $200 million effort to convert the former Norton Air Force Base into a regional airport that commercial airlines can use. The problem so far: commercial airlines haven't shown up to use it.

KPCC's Brian Watt reports


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