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AMERICAN AIRLINES AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION TO BE AWARED SOUTH BEND INTERNATIONAL AIRPO

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February 26, 2020
The St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors will present two Partner of the Year awards at its board meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the board room at South Bend International Airport (SBN). The Partner of the Year award is bestowed to business partners who have made significant accomplishments within the past year that have contributed to the ongoing success and services offered at SBN.
2019 marked American Airlines’ first full year of service at SBN carrying over 152,000 passengers. With daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), and connections beyond, American Airlines has connected the region in a way that has generated substantial economic growth. Accepting on behalf of American Airlines is Bill Buchholz, manager corporate real estate.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demonstrated collaboration and partnership when federal, state, and local officials celebrated the opening of SBN’s Federal Inspection Station (FIS) with the arrival of the Liverpool Football Club nonstop from Manchester, England in July. The opening of Indiana’s first and only Global Entry Enrollment Center has surpassed expectations. Due to high demand, Global Entry Enrollment appointments fill up as quickly as they are released. Accepting on behalf of U.S. CBP is Watch Commander Brian Bell and Officer Matthew Lankford.
“The commitment these two organizations have displayed in enhancing our region’s connectivity is commendable,” said Mike Daigle, CEO & Executive Director of SBN. “Anytime there is an enhancement in our ability to serve the traveling public and community, recognition needs to be given.”