South Bend Regional Airport

South Bend Regional Airport
SBN logo.png
SBN is located in Indiana
Location of the Airport in Indiana
Airport type Public
Owner St. Joseph County Airport Authority
Serves South Bend, Indiana, USA
Elevation AMSL 799 ft / 244 m
Coordinates 41°42′30″N 086°19′02″W / 41.70833°N 86.31722°W / 41.70833; -86.31722
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 (2009)
Aircraft operations 40,515
Based aircraft 46
Passenger volume 910,512
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
FAA diagram of South Bend Regional Airport (SBN)

South Bend Regional Airport (IATA: SBNICAO: KSBNFAA LID: SBN) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of South Bend, a city in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States. This airport is publicly owned by St. Joseph County Airport Authority.[1] It is the state's second busiest airport in terms of commercial traffic after Indianapolis International Airport.

The airport has been known in the past as Bendix Field, St. Joseph County Airport and Michiana Regional Transportation Center. The airport was renamed South Bend Regional Airport to help identify the airport's location since many travelers were unaware of the meaning or location of Michiana (taken from MICHigan and IndIANA).



South Bend Regional 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 St. Joseph County Airport Authority is the administrative body over the airport and also provides police, fire and medical protection to the airport and its occupants. The members of the airport safety department are cross-trained as State-certified law enforcement officers, State-certified paramedics/EMTs and State-certified firefighters. The airport has been directed by John C. Schalliol for more than 25 years.


Runway 18/36 re-opened in 3rd quarter 2007 at a new length of 7,100 feet (2,200 m). Also, runway connector N3 was reopened after over a decade of being closed.

The terminal 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 Regional 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.

Airport Expansion

In a press release issued in March 2008 the St. Joseph County Airport Authority announced plans for a 2 story, 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2), 11.8-million dollar expansion of Concourse A that will include 5 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 feature 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.[2] The current Concourse C will be demolished and all passenger screening will be consolidated into one location at the existing Concourse A. Construction on the expansion will begin in late 2009 with completion by 2011. When the expansion is complete each gate will have a jetway except A1 as well have its own dedicated seating area. This will "make people feel better about where they are when they're here," John Schalliol, executive director of the airport, said. "We want to make your experience the best it can be."

Ground was broken on the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building about a year ago. The new concourse represents Phase One of a three-phase, $15.5 million expansion project at the airport.

Amenities in the soon-to-open building include:

  • a restaurant featuring grab-and-go meals for travelers in a hurry and a sports bar for passengers who have more time to relax before their flight.
  • a gift shop with Michiana-themed products.
  • a business center with computer recharging stations.
  • free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal.
  • a playroom where children can burn off energy before their flights leave.
  • a water fountain as a decorative feature.
  • loading bridges installed at each gate which will enable passengers to board quickly and eliminate the existing elevators.

"I am just so pleased with the way it came out," Schalliol said while standing amid the construction. "It's just wonderful."

He is hopeful the expansion will convince more passengers to fly into and out of South Bend instead of Chicago and Fort Wayne. And although he notes new facilities do not usually attract new airlines, the local airfield will continue to court American Airlines, which closed its ticket counter about 2007, and AirTran, which is being acquired by Southwest Airlines.

Airport operations

Within the state of Indiana, the airport is second only to Indianapolis by means of passenger movements and air carrier service.[3] 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.[citation needed] 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.

Air service

South Bend Regional Airport’s four air carriers provide non-stop flights to 10 cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, 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 South Bend Regional 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 Cancun, Mexico.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

This is not the first time an airline has expressed interest in bringing international flights to South Bend. In the early 2000s Air Canada's Air Georgian announced plans for international (trans-border) service between South Bend and Toronto.[citation needed] That service never took off due to South Bend not being able to obtain a customs facility.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines & Destinations served from
South Bend Regional Airport
(As of 2011)
Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater A
Continental Connection operated by CommutAir Cleveland A
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta A
Delta Connection operated by Comair Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul A
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul A
United Express operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Chicago-O'Hare A
United Express operated by Expressjet Airlines 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

Top Destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of SBN
(July 2010 - June 2011) [4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Illinois Chicago-O’Hare, IL 77,000 United
2 Michigan Detroit, MI 73,000 Delta
3 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA 34,000 Delta
4 Ohio Cincinnati, OH 24,000 Delta
5 Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 21,000 Delta
6 Florida Orlando-Sanford, FL 20,000 Allegiant
7 Florida St. Petersburg, FL 19,000 Allegiant
8 Nevada Las Vegas, NV 15,000 Allegiant
9 Arizona Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 14,000 Allegiant
10 Ohio Cleveland, OH 13,000 Continental

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Fort Wayne, Memphis
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Indianapolis
UPS Airlines Fort Wayne


  • On April 6, 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 onboard. The accident remained under investigation as of May 2011. Airport officials said no wind advisory was issued that day.[5]

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for SBN (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  4. ^,%20IN:%20Michiana%20Regional&carrier=FACTS
  5. ^ [2]

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