South Bend Airport
|South Bend Airport|
|IATA: SBN – ICAO: KSBN – FAA LID: SBN|
|Owner||St. Joseph County Airport Authority|
|Serves||South Bend, Indiana|
|Elevation AMSL||799 ft / 244 m|
|FAA airport diagram|
|Sources: FAA, airport website.|
South Bend Airport (IATA: SBN, ICAO: KSBN, FAA LID: SBN) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States. Formerly known as South Bend Regional Airport, it is the state's second busiest airport in terms of commercial traffic after Indianapolis International Airport.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 357,168 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 318,974 enplanements in 2009, and 317,096 in 2010.
|This section requires expansion. (April 2013)|
In the early days of aviation, South Bend's main airport was Cadet Field in present-day Granger. Vincent Hugo Bendix, founder of Bendix Aviation, bought land northwest of South Bend to provide air service closer to the city. Bendix Field opened in 1933.
Bendix Field was later known as St. Joseph County Airport, then Michiana Regional Transportation Center. The airport was renamed South Bend Regional Airport on January 1, 2000 to help identify the airport, many travelers not knowing the meaning or location of Michiana (taken from Michigan and Indiana).
In a press release issued in March 2008 the St. Joseph County Airport Authority announced plans for a two story, 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2), 11.8-million dollar expansion of Concourse A that will have five new jet bridges (bringing to total number of gates post-expansion to 9), a Dining Room, a concession area/lounge, gift shops, children's play area as well as a business center. The Dining Room and Lounge will have deli meals, snacks and drinks similar to the existing airport services as well as beverages and snacks already screened to take along on outbound flights. Concourse C was demolished and all passenger screening was consolidated in the existing Concourse A. The expansion began in late 2009 and was completed in 2011. Each gate has a jetway except A1 as well as its own dedicated seating area.
Ground was broken on the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building in 2009. The new concourse represents Phase One of a three-phase, $15.5 million expansion project at the airport.
The termninal's expansion was designed by Ken Herceg & Associates.
South Bend Airport is one of only a few multi-modal transportation facilities in America that provides air, interstate bus, and interstate rail service from one multi-modal terminal facility. The St. Joseph County Airport Authority claims the airport was the first truly multi-modal airport in the country.
The airport is governed by the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, which is a municipality in the State of Indiana. Its four bipartisan board members are appointed by the St. Joseph County Commissioners. The Airport Authority is directed by Mike Daigle who is an accredited airport executive. Board members include Thomas S. Botkin, Abraham Marcus, David R. Sage and James V. Wyllie. The Airport Authority employs approximately 60 staff members.
The mission of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority as defined is "to maximize the safety, service, efficiency and effectiveness of South Bend Airport for the traveling public, and to promote the value of the airport to the community."
South Bend Airport covers an area of 2,200 acres (890 ha) at an elevation of 799 feet (244 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with asphalt surfaces: 9L/27R is 4,300 by 75 feet (1,311 x 23 m); 9R/27L is 8,414 by 150 feet (2,565 x 46 m); 18/36 is 7,100 by 150 feet (2,164 x 46 m).
Runway 18/36 re-opened in 3rd quarter 2007 at a new length of 7,100 feet (2,200 m). Runway connector N3 was reopened after being closed over a decade.
The terminal, built in 1981 and designed by HOK and Cole Associates has two concourses, A and C. Concourse A has 6 gates, 3 of which have ground-level boarding bridges. Concourse C has 5 gates, one of which as a ground-level boarding bridge. All boarding bridges are full-size and capable of accommodating most commercial aircraft today. Gate A-6 had a ground-level boarding bridge in the 1990s, but it has since been removed.
The airport's concourses have what are known as hold rooms. These vary slightly from some airports that have seating areas specific to a gate. Hold Room A serves all gate areas in Concourse A, and Hold Room C serves all gate areas in Concourse C.
South Bend Airport has an in-terminal viewing area with live air traffic control transmissions from South Bend Air Traffic Control Tower/TRACON. The viewing area is located on the second level of the terminal's atrium.
Within the state of Indiana, the airport is second only to Indianapolis by means of passenger movements and air carrier service. In fact, according to the airport authority, South Bend is ranked in the top 25 percent of small-to-medium sized airports in terms of air service. The airport falls to third place behind Indianapolis and Fort Wayne in cargo operations, and fifth in the state for overall take-offs and landings. Due to South Bend's proximity to Chicago, South Bend air traffic controllers work closely with Chicago Center and Chicago Approach Control to sequence aircraft into and out of Chicago's terminal airspace. These efforts make South Bend's Tower/TRACON the second busiest terminal air traffic facility in the state.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 38,623 aircraft operations, an average of 105 per day: 52% general aviation, 41% air taxi, 7% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 47 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 13% jet, and 2% helicopter.
South Bend Airport’s four air carriers provide non-stop flights to 10 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. South Bend Airport’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year. According to the 2007 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, the airport's total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $433.7 million. SBN’s annual indirect and direct contribution to the Indiana economy is estimated at more than $5.2 billion.
Allegiant Air announced in March 2008 interest in providing direct international service between South Bend and Cancún, Mexico. The airport authority told the public in a press release that now is the time to prepare for the service, not later, due to the amount of time it will take to get the customs facility operational, which could be a few years. However, the 2011 terminal renovation did not include a customs facility.
Frontier Airlines started flights between SBN and Denver in October 2012.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix-Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater||A|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||A|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta||A|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul||A|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|United Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|United Express operated by Shuttle America||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|United Express operated by Trans States Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare||A|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Chicago, IL||Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)||72,970|
|2||Detroit, MI||Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)||65,570|
|3||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||45,120|
|4||Minneapolis, MN||Minneapolis-Saint Paul International (MSP)||23,080|
|5||St. Petersburg, FL||St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE)||22,160|
|6||Sanford, FL||Orlando Sanford International (SFB)||19,980|
|7||Phoenix, AZ||Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (AZA)||16,360|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||McCarran International (LAS)||14,880|
|9||Denver, CO||Denver International (DEN)||5,330|
|10||Cleveland, OH||Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE)||4,880|
|FedEx Express||Fort Wayne, Memphis|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo||Indianapolis|
|UPS Airlines||Fort Wayne|
- On April 4, 2011, a pilot flying from Chicago Executive Airport attempted to land a rented Cirrus SR22, but was hit by a gust of wind on approach. The plane landed on the left wing, cart-wheeled, and came to a stop 250 feet (76 m) from the runway. He was hospitalized in critical condition, with no one else on board. He later died from his injuries.
- On March 17, 2013, a private jet crashed into three homes near South Bend Regional Airport. Two of the four people on the plane were killed; the other two and one person on the ground were injured.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SBN ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "South Bend Airport (www.flysbn.com)". Official site. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (SBN: South Bend)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "KSBN – South Bend Regional Airport". FAA data republished by AirNav. Effective February 9, 2012. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012.
- "South Bend Regional Airport (www.sbnair.com)". Official site. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- Stopczynski, Kelly (February 6, 2012). "Granger Neighborhood Was Original South Bend Regional Airport". WSBT-TV. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Airport Will Get New Name Again". South Bend Tribune. December 1, 1999. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- Falda, Wayne (January 2, 2000). "Flight into a New Era". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
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- South Bend Airport Completes Expansion & Changes Leadership.
- SJCAA, St. Joseph County Airport Authority.
- Michiana Regional Airport: Multi-modal Airport Terminal Concept for St. Joseph County Airport Authority. South Bend: St. Joseph County Airport Authority. 1975.
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
- "South Bend, IN: South Bend Airport (SBN)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
- National Transportation Safety Board. Accident Report CEN11FA267.
- National Transportation Safety Board. Accident Report CEN13FA196.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- South Bend Airport, official site
- Airline On-Time Reports compiled by the Federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics
- Former airport director John Schalliol honored with bronze plaque
- Aerial image as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for South Bend Regional (SBN), effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: