Wednesday, August 17, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind — Thursday, August 18, 2011 (South Bend, IN): Nearly ten months after opening phase one of a $15.5 million Capital Improvement Project, the South Bend Airport is wrapping up phase two of the three phase project to expand the passenger concourse of the South Bend Airport (SBN). The project construction was designed in three phases to allow for uninterrupted operation of flights. Phase two, which began in November, 2010, extended the first phase of the new concourse area and added additional gates. Increased seating and airport directional signage has also been added during this second phase of the expansion.
The first portion of the new gate concourse opened on November 17, 2010, and added more passenger seating and restrooms, and marked the opening of the new post-screening dining facilities, business center, and children’s play port, loading bridges and complementary wireless Internet access.
The third and final phase of this much-needed renovation will consolidate passenger screening operations to a single expanded location and feature an arching translucent panel roof and terrazzo flooring to provide a modern and brighter travel experience for airport patrons. “We are excited about the progress of this project,” said airport director John Schalliol. “Our capital improvement campaign is really shaping up and helping to position us to serve Michiana now and in the future.”
Phase three of the project comes with a few changes that SBN travelers need to be aware of. In order to expand the main terminal security screening checkpoint and ensure that all airport operations remain active, beginning Thursday, August 18, 2011, all passenger security screening will occur in a temporary checkpoint location at the old Terminal C checkpoint, north of the airport atrium. Passengers will clear security screening and be escorted from Terminal C, though a dedicated covered walkway and into the new main concourse area. “The enhanced and expanded security checkpoint will allow space for an additional screening lane and offer passengers more space to partake in the post-screening process of collecting items before heading to the gate area,” notes Schalliol.
In 2010, over 626,000 origination and destination passengers used SBN. The improvements collectively represent the airport’s on-going $15.5 million capital improvement program – to prepare the airport for up to 1 million passengers.
The final project will give Michiana travelers a new 45,000 square foot concourse and will include 5 new gates, a consolidated security checkpoint, post-security food service amenities, gift shop, business center, and children’s play area. Funding sources for the project include the Airport Improvement Fund (AIP), Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and airport operating revenue.
The concourse was designed by noted aviation consultancy Ken Herceg & Associates, and engineered by Primary Engineering, Inc., (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer); and CE Solutions, Inc. (structural engineer).
About the South Bend Airport
South Bend 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 and connections world-wide. 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 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.FlySBN.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.
South Bend Airport’s three air carriers provide nonstop flights to nine cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend Airport’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, the South Bend Airport's total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.
For additional information, please refer to www.flySBN.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.