SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Touchdown SBN! September is often associated with Football season in South Bend, IN – this September, travelers in the Michiana region have also shown passion for air travel. September 2010 reports show that total passenger traffic at the South Bend Regional Airport (SBN) was up 18.45 percent over September 2009—the best September seen at SBN since 2007. A total of 55,990 passengers chose to fly through SBN last month.
Nearly every SBN carrier posted an increase. Allegiant Air, whose passenger totals were up 35 percent, carried 10,411 total passengers for the month. United Express reported a 27.1 percent increase and Delta Air Lines, SBN's largest carrier, reported serving nearly 27,856 passengers this month, a 15 percent increase over September 2009.
"We are delighted to realize that more and more passengers are choosing to fly from SBN, and are looking to SBN as their airport of choice," said Executive Director, John Schalliol. Competitive prices, affordable nonstop flights, hub connectivity to destinations throughout the world, and convenient parking all contribute to the airport's September increase. "People throughout the region are beginning to see that they can get anywhere from SBN," adds Schalliol.
Nonstop flights to Phoenix/Mesa on Allegiant Air began in June 2010, and the first phase of the airport's new 45,000-square-foot concourse expansion is on schedule for completion in November 2010. The terminal will feature five new gates and increased passenger amenities including a full service deli, business center, gift shop, and children's play area.
About the South Bend Regional Airport
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.
For additional information, please refer to www.sbnair.com or get social with SBN on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FlySBN) and Twitter (@SBNairport) and stay informed about the airport and the carriers that serve the Michiana region.
SOURCE St. Joseph County Airport Authority