Beating the Drums

Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The past couple weeks Inland residents were subjected to another dose of how the San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) is really going to attract some type of air traffic.

It’s what’s become the semi-annual ritual of trying to justify blowing a quarter-billion dollars on the near-dormant facility.

This time it appears that maybe some people, including a local columnist, may have passed around that bottle of Fireball Whiskey one too many times!

Forget the “We’re getting a passenger airline soon.” mantra of the past. Remember those big secret negotiations, which took place back in Atlanta last year? Remember all of those “We have a letter of intent from a secret passenger carrier.” stories?

Yes exactly, more of the same bullshit!

Forget the talk of commercial freight traffic. That’s went by the wayside as well.

Now officials are talking about trying to lure private commuter traffic. Yep, that’s it! That’s what a recently-hired marketing company has come up with.

The logic on this spin? One private jet operation closed at Ontario International, leaving just one, Guardian Air. So know the reasoning is that maybe, just maybe, those invisible private jets, that weren’t landing out at Ontario, will want to come over to San Berdoo instead.

Yes, it does sound like more crap.

Interestingly, Palm Springs International Airport just landed a new flight. Delta Airlines is commencing a Seattle to Palm Springs route.

Also, Boeing appears to be back for more flight testing of its 787 Jetliner at SBIA. One can expect those Boeing is back stories to pop-up in the local print media. You know! Those stories on how it’s a sign that SBIA is coming to life, for the ump-teenth time.

Here’s a trip down memory lane. Remember this little gem from 2005?

SBIA

(Source: The P-E)

Actually, the whole situation is pathetically sad.