UPS’s Worldport air hub in Louisville, Kentucky. (Courtesy Photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/15/16 – 6:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> UPS announced Tuesday it will begin seasonal cargo operations out of San Bernardino International Airport for the month of December.

UPS, which has not operated from San Bernardino International Airport in the past, said it will run four flights a week that month using Boeing 757s from San Bernardino to UPS’s Worldport air hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tom Cuce, president of UPS’s Southern California District, said in a statement the holidays mark the busiest time of the year for UPS, “and with a huge spike in holiday shipments, we need additional capacity to deliver for our customers.”

UPS officials said they expect to deliver more than 700 million packages globally between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, a 14 percent increase over the same period last year.

“UPS is a major employer in the region. With state-of-the-art facilities, availability of specialized cargo equipment, and attractive cost structure, SBD is well positioned to support UPS’s air cargo needs at the SBD International Airport,” said Carey Davis, mayor of San Bernardino and president of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, through a statement.

In recent years, SBD officials say the facility has made key investments to support air cargo activities. SBD Aviation Director Mark Gibbs said the airport has a large warehouse where goods can be unloaded from a plane into trucks very quickly.

“We have invested in the infrastructure to support permanent cargo carriers, so those logistics companies will determine what best suits their network and we’re here to support that growth,” Gibbs said by phone. “We do have the equipment and we have the facilities, both of which we’ve invested in to make it easy for them. It can be difficult to find a place that has excess capacity, facilities and equipment.”

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