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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2013 05:29:02 PM PDT

San Bernardino International Airport officials will travel to Atlanta early next month to meet with five commercial airlines and discuss their interest in operating at the airport, A.J. Wilson, the airport’s interim executive director, said Friday.

The announcement comes in the wake of a presentation Wednesday of an airline passenger demand analysis to the San Bernardino International Airport Authority’s board of directors. The Airport Authority in March commissioned the architectural/engineering firm Mead & Hunt to conduct the study, which the airport will use as a navigational tool in marketing its services to airlines and potential customers.

“They’ve expressed interest in learning about San Bernadino and its possibilities,” Wilson said of the airlines, declining to name them and stressing the upcoming talks are just preliminary discussions. He said the meetings are scheduled to take place on June 5 and 6.

Mead & Hunt was also tasked with presenting a rundown on the current health of the commercial airline market, and what population base would best serve the airport and the services that population base is looking for in an airline.

“It’s really understanding where the people living around our airport want to go and what airlines would probably be interested in providing that service,” Wilson said.

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