South Bend International Airport

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South Bend International Airport
South Bend Airport logo.png
WMO: 72535
Airport type Public
Owner St. Joseph County Airport Authority
Serves South Bend, Indiana
Elevation AMSL 799 ft / 244 m
Coordinates 41°42′30″N 086°19′02″W / 41.70833°N 86.31722°W / 41.70833; -86.31722Coordinates: 41°42′30″N 086°19′02″W / 41.70833°N 86.31722°W / 41.70833; -86.31722
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
SBN is located in Indiana
Location in Indiana
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9L/27R 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
9R/27L 8,414 2,565 Asphalt
18/36 7,100 2,164 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 38,623
Based aircraft 52
Sources: FAA,[1] airport website.[2]

South Bend International Airport (IATA: SBN[3]ICAO: KSBNFAA LID: SBN) is three miles northwest of South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States. [1] Formerly South Bend Airport[1][2] and South Bend Regional Airport,[4][5] it is the state's third busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic after Indianapolis International Airport and Fort Wayne International Airport.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service facility.[6]

Federal Aviation Administration records show the airport had 299,592 passenger enplanements in 2012,[7] 328,992 in 2013,[8] and 311,158 in 2014.[9]

Former airport logo
Front of airport terminal, June 2005


In the early days 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.[10]

Bendix Field was later called 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 of Michiana (taken from Michigan and Indiana).[11][12]

The April 1957 OAG shows 10 weekday departures on North Central, 9 on United, 6 on Lake Central and 3 on TWA.

Until the 1980s the airport had four runways; in the 1950s runway 9 was 5000 ft, runways 6 (now taxiway A-3) and 12 (now taxiway A-4) were 4000 ft and the 3059-ft runway 18 connected the west ends of runways 6 and 12. In 1963-65 runway 9 was extended to 6000 ft. In 1967 SBN got its first scheduled jets, which were United Caravelles on a Chicago O'Hare-South Bend-Fort Wayne-Newark and back rotation.

On April 23, 2014, the St. Joseph County Airport Authority announced the airport was changing its name from South Bend Regional Airport to South Bend International Airport. The Airport Authority has had conversations with two airlines interested in providing service to Mexico and the Bahamas and indicated that it was looking at potential service to Toronto, Ireland and Europe. As part of the change, the airport will begin a $3 million(USD) project to construct a general aviation facility and a border customs area, to be financed through a combination of federal, state and airport funds.[13][14][15]


South Bend International Airport is one of the few multi-modal transportation facilities in America that provide air, interstate bus and interstate rail service at one terminal. 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."[16]


The airport covers 2,200 acres (890 ha) at an elevation of 799 feet (244 m). It has three asphalt runways: 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).[1]

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[17] and expanded in 2011 by Ken Herceg & Associates,[18] has one nine-gate concourse: Concourse A. Six of the nine gates (A3, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9) have jetways, while three (A1, A2, A4) are ground-level. Amenities include cafes and restaurants, a concession area/lounge, a gift shop, a children's play area, a business center, and free Wi-Fi available throughout the terminal.[19]

South Bend International 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.

Plans have been drafted for the addition of a General Inspection Facility and Federal Inspection Station, allowing the airport to house U.S. Customs.[20] As of July 2015, the final designs are in the process of being approved, and construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2015.


Within Indiana, the airport is third in passenger enplanements (311,158) after Indianapolis International (3,605,908) and Fort Wayne International (323,252).[9] The airport is also in 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.

In 2011 the airport had 38,623 aircraft operations, average 105 per day: 52% general aviation, 41% air taxi, 7% scheduled commercial and <1% military. 47 aircraft were then based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 13% jet and 2% helicopter.[1]

Air service[edit]

South Bend’s three airlines have non-stop flights to nine cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers and Tampa/St. Petersburg. The 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 annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $433.7 million. SBN’s annual contribution to the Indiana economy is estimated at more than $1.4 billion.[21]

Allegiant Air announced in March 2008 interest in providing direct flights 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 time it will take to get the customs facility operational, which could be a few years. The 2009-2011 terminal renovation did not include a customs facility, nor did US Customs & Border Protection open an office at the airport until 2014. However, construction is now underway for a passenger customs facility that will be linked to Gate A9 via a walkway. This facility will open in 2016.

Frontier Airlines started flights between SBN and Denver in October 2012. However, the service ended a year later. The airport is working to find a replacement service to the Western US.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

South Bend International Airport is located in USA
Airline destinations from South Bend Airport
Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater A
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul A
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Newark A


Carrier shares: Jan 2014 - Dec 2014[22]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: Jan 2014 - Dec 2014[22]
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) 64,000 United
1 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) 64,000 Delta
3 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL) 49,000 Delta
4 Minneapolis/St Paul International (MSP) 25,000 Delta
4 St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE) 25,000 Allegiant
4 Orlando/Sanford International (SFB) 25,000 Allegiant
7 Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 16,000 Allegiant
7 Phoenix/Mesa Gateway (AZA) 16,000 Allegiant
9 Fort Myers/Punta Gorda (PGD) 15,000 Allegiant
10 Newark Liberty International (EWR) 2,000 United

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
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.[23]
  • 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.[24][25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for SBN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "South Bend Airport (". Official site. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (SBN: South Bend)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "KSBN – South Bend International Airport". FAA data republished by AirNav. Effective February 9, 2012. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "South Bend International Airport (". Official site. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ 2012 Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) (PDF, 620 KB) 
  8. ^ 2013 Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) (PDF, 1.8 MB) 
  9. ^ a b 2014 Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) (PDF, 1.6 MB) 
  10. ^ Stopczynski, Kelly (February 6, 2012). "Granger Neighborhood Was Original South Bend Regional Airport". WSBT-TV. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Airport Will Get New Name Again". South Bend Tribune. December 1, 1999. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Falda, Wayne (January 2, 2000). "Flight into a New Era". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "South Bend Airport Becomes South Bend International" (Press release). South Bend Airport. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Culp, Alice; Amanda Gray (April 24, 2014). "South Bend Airport Adds 'International' to Name". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Krystal Vivian (April 23, 2014). "South Bend's airport could soon offer international flights to Bahamas, Mexico". The Elkhart Truth. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ South Bend International Board & Staff, Mission, retrieved July 16, 2015 
  17. ^ Michiana Regional Airport: Multi-modal Airport Terminal Concept for St. Joseph County Airport Authority. South Bend: St. Joseph County Airport Authority. 1975. 
  18. ^ South Bend Airport Completes Expansion & Changes Leadership.
  19. ^ "Amenities | South Bend International Airport". Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  20. ^ "International ambitions for South Bend airport". Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  21. ^ Ottinger, Matt. "Non-Stop Party" (PDF, 298 KB). Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "South Bend, IN: South Bend Airport (SBN)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved Mar 2015. 
  23. ^ National Transportation Safety Board. Accident Report CEN11FA267.
  24. ^ National Transportation Safety Board. Accident Report CEN13FA196.
  25. ^ "Indiana plane crash: Private jet plunges into houses". BBC News. March 18, 2013. 

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