South Bend International Airport
SBN International Logo 2Color-horz-min.png
Airport typePrivate
OwnerSt. Joseph County Airport Authority
ServesSouth Bend, Indiana; Elkhart, Indiana; Niles, Michigan; St. Joseph, Michigan
Elevation AMSL799 ft / 244 m
Coordinates41°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 of airport in Indiana
SBN is located in the United States
SBN (the United States)
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 (2019)
Passenger enplanements417.929
Air cargo (lbs)23,419,034
FAA ATCT operations47,756
FAA TRACON operations146,708
International GAF operations135
Fixed wing based aircraft64
Source: South Bend Airport website[1] and FAA[2]

South Bend International Airport (IATA: SBN, ICAO: KSBN, FAA LID: SBN)[3] is a commercial and freight airport located three miles northwest of downtown South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States.[2] It is the state's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic after Indianapolis International Airport.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2015–2019 called it a primary commercial service facility.[4]

Federal Aviation Administration and St. Joseph County Airport Authority records show the airport had 337,140 passenger enplanements in 2020 with an estimated total air passenger volume of over 680,000. It is owned by the St. Joseph County Airport Authority. Passengers can make connections to local public transportation services such as the South Shore Line trains to Millennium Station in Chicago and the local TRANSPO bus route #4 which travels along Lincoln Way.


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 in 1929 to provide air service closer to the city. Bendix Municipal Airport opened in 1933.[5][n 1]

Bendix Airport 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").[8][9]

The April 1957 OAG shows 10 weekday departures on North Central, 9 on United, 6 on Lake Central and 3 on TWA. North Central Airlines merged with Southern Airways on July 1, 1979, commencing operations with Republic from South Bend.

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 January 1967 SBN got its first scheduled jets, United Caravelles flying Chicago O'Hare-South Bend-Fort Wayne-Newark and back.

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 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 federal, state and airport funds.[10][11][12]


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."[13]

Annual reports
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Economic impact report
The Aviation Association of Indiana - 2012 Economic Impact Study


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).[2]

The terminal, built in 1981 and designed by HOK and Cole Associates[14] and expanded in 2011 by Ken Herceg & Associates, has one nine-gate concourse. Seven of the nine gates (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) have jetways, while two gates (2A and 6A) are ground level. Amenities include cafes and restaurants, pet relief area, a concession area/lounge, a gift shop, a children's play area, a business center, and free Wi-Fi available throughout the terminal.[15]

Despite being partially obstructed by the new concourse the in-terminal viewing area remains open and offers live air traffic control transmissions from South Bend Air Traffic Control Tower/TRACON as well as a small airport-focused museum. The viewing area is located on the second level of the terminal's atrium adjacent to US Customs.

The 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. As of 2019, interstate bus services have been moved to the downtown South Bend bus station.

June 2017 brought the grand opening of SBN's International General Aviation Facility (GAF) which cleared nearly 60 international aircraft in its first partial year of operation. On July 16, 2019, a Boeing 747 chartered by the Liverpool Soccer Club landed at South Bend from Manchester England. This flight marked the opening of the Federal Inspection Station (FIS). On the same day, US Customs and Border Patrol announced South Bend Airport would be the state's first Global Entry Enrollment Center.

The airport is a maintenance base for regional carrier SkyWest Airlines.


Within Indiana, the airport is second in passenger enplanements (417,929) after Indianapolis International (4,375,317). SBN overtook Fort Wayne International in 2019 (397,938) to reclaim second place.[16] The airport is in second place behind Indianapolis in cargo operations and third 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 and one of the busiest in the region.

In 2019 the airport handled 47,756 aircraft operations, averaging 130 per day. The TRACON handled over 150,000 operations in 2019.

Air service

South Bend's four airlines have non-stop flights to thirteen cities. Allegiant offers flights to Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix-Mesa, Punta Gorda, St Pete/Clearwater, Sarasota (seasonal); American Eagle has twice daily flights to Charlotte and Dallas; Delta Connection offers service to Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis; and United Express has multiple daily flights to Chicago O'Hare.

With the exception of Allegiant's Airbus A319/A320s, South Bend mostly sees regional jets such as the Bombardier CRJ200/700 and the Embraer E145/175. During Notre Dame football games and graduation, Delta is known to upgrade to mainline aircraft such as the Airbus A319/A320, Boeing 717, and McDonnell Douglas MD80 aircraft. Additionally, Delta and United have added point to point football flights for fans to travel directly from one college town to the other.

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.[17]

Ground transportation


The South Shore Line commuter rail runs from South Bend Airport station to Millennium Station in downtown Chicago, with express services taking 1 hour and 55 minutes.[18]


South Bend Transpo bus route 4 serves the airport.[19]

Hoosier Ride (operated by Miller Transportation) provides intercity bus service at the airport.[20] Greyhound Lines formerly provided intercity bus service at the airport, but, in December 2019, it moved its South Bend stop from the airport to South Street Station.[21][22][23]

Airlines and destinations


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Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Sarasota
American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas–Fort Worth
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Chicago–O'Hare


FedEx Express Fort Wayne, Memphis
FedEx Feeder Indianapolis
UPS Airlines Fort Wayne


Annual passenger enplanements at SBN, 2000–2020[24]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2000 432,439 2011 305,386
2001 375,817 2012 299,592
2002 409,319 2013 328,992
2003 404,607 2014 311,158
2004 397,565 2015 315,313
2005 349,847 2016 328,897
2006 378,909 2017 305,491
2007 398,500 2018 368,377
2008 357,168 2019 417,929
2009 318,974 2020 209,214
2010 317,096
Top 10 destinations
(November 2019 – October 2020)
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 39,000 United
2 Texas Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas 31,000 American
3 Michigan Detroit, Michigan 30,000 Delta
4 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 28,000 Delta
5 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 27,000 American
6 Florida Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Florida 22,000 Allegiant
7 Florida Orlando–Sanford, Florida 15,000 Allegiant
8 Florida St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 13,000 Allegiant
9 Arizona Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 12,000 Allegiant
10 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 9,000 Allegiant
Enplanements by carrier (August 2019 – July 2020)[25]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
PSA Airlines
Air Wisconsin


See also


  1. ^ The airport was also known as Bendix Field.[6][7]


  1. ^ 2015 Composite Statistic Chart (PDF), St. Joseph County Airport Authority, retrieved July 5, 2016
  2. ^ a b c South Bend International Airport Master Record, FAA data republished by GCR Inc., retrieved July 5, 2016
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (SBN: South Bend)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "A Look Back: Vincent Bendix was the man behind the start of airport in South Bend". South Bend Tribune. May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Behind the Name: Bendix Left Big Mark". South Bend Tribune. August 3, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Stopczynski, Kelly (February 6, 2012). "Granger Neighborhood Was Original South Bend Regional Airport". WSBT-TV. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Airport Will Get New Name Again". South Bend Tribune. December 1, 1999. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Falda, Wayne (January 2, 2000). "Flight into a New Era". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "South Bend Airport Becomes South Bend International" (Press release). St. Joseph County Airport Authority. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Culp, Alice; Gray, Amanda (April 24, 2014). "South Bend Airport Adds 'International' to Name". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  12. ^ Vivian, Krystal (April 23, 2014). "South Bend's airport could soon offer international flights to Bahamas, Mexico". The Elkhart Truth. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Mission, St. Joseph County Airport Authority, retrieved July 16, 2015
  14. ^ Michiana Regional Airport: Multi-modal Airport Terminal Concept for St. Joseph County Airport Authority. South Bend: St. Joseph County Airport Authority. 1975.
  15. ^ "Amenities at South Bend International Airport". St. Joseph County Airport Authority. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  16. ^ 2014 Enplanements at All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank) (PDF, 1.6 MB), Federal Aviation Administration
  17. ^ Ottinger, Matt. "Non-Stop Party" (PDF, 298 KB). Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  18. ^ Allen, Kevin (February 3, 2015). "Chicago express a major step for South Shore". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  19. ^ "route 4 map side" (PDF). Transpo. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Our Locations - Bus Stops | Hoosier Ride". Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Greyhound bus lines relocating to Transpo South Street Station in South Bend". South Bend Tribune. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Greyhound moving from airport to downtown Transpo station". WNDU-TV. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  23. ^ "Greyhound moving to South Street Station in downtown South Bend". WSBT-TV. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  25. ^ a b "South Bend, IN: South Bend Airport (SBN)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. August 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  26. ^ [1] Archived November 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ NTSB Identification: CEN11FA267, National Transportation Safety Board
  28. ^ NTSB Identification: CEN13FA196, National Transportation Safety Board
  29. ^ "Indiana plane crash: Private jet plunges into houses". BBC News. March 18, 2013.
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  31. ^ "UPDATE: Plane makes emergency landing at SB airport". WNDU. May 25, 2018.