So this news is BREAKING for me, and the few readers who are in the South Bend area, but how many times does your home town airport change from a regional airport to an international one? WNDU.com reported today in part:
“It was announced today that the South Bend Regional Airport is becoming the South Bend International Airport. South Bend is said to be just the second airport in Indiana (along with Indianapolis) that has federal permission to handle international flights of both the private and commercial variety.”
Now SBN is no where near as big as IND nor are we talking a bunch of flights. Plus, it is important for Delta flyers to keep in mind that our airline ONLY flies CRJ100/200 – 50 seat junkers into and out of SBN still. I doubt we are going to see any international routes ever from Delta out of SBN.
It looks like they are simply going to add on to the end of the new concourse and tie back in to the old Delta gate area to act as a customs area and at great cost. The piece went on to say:
“The airport plans to spend millions of dollars on new facilities needed to handle international flights, including a general aviation facility and a federal inspection station for U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.”
I am so tired of CRJ’s that I am later this year driving to GRR or Grand Rapids to have an MD-88 to ride to ATL or Atlanta and even out of AZO or Kalamazoo they have the better ERJ-145’s that for a regional jet is not 1/2 bad. Now I guess I have to say SBN Int. each time I talk about my local home town airport right – nahh! – René
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