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March 25, 2021
South Bend, IN. – Earlier today, the St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors presented two Partner of the Year awards at its board meeting. 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.

2020 was a year like no other. It started with a third year of consecutive double-digit passenger traffic growth. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The St. Joseph County Airport Authority team members faced the challenges head-on by exhibiting our values of service, accountability, and teamwork. Their unwavering commitment to our vision to pursue continuous improvement in adverse and uncertain times has made each member of our team a Partner of the Year. As recognition, each member has been personally thanked and awarded a small token of appreciation of a complimentary meal from our concessionaire South Bend Chocolate Company.

“I cannot express my gratitude enough to our team members,” said Mike Daigle, CEO & Executive Director of SBN. “Their passion for the industry and the work they do can be seen daily.”

Our second Partner of the Year award was presented to United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS has invested almost $850,000 into their SBN operation to facilitate the transition of a Boeing 757 to a larger aircraft, the Airbus 300. This investment includes, but is not limited to, ramp improvements, tailstand and towbar, crew stairs, drivable belt loader, tow tractor, fuel stand, and glycol tank. In 2020, the Airbus 300 operated from November 24, 2020 through January 4, 2021 to accommodate holiday cargo through SBN. Since January 4, 2021, the Airbus 300 continues to operate at SBN during peak cargo periods. This investment and increase in cargo throughput has occurred during a time when the aviation industry is struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The St. Joseph County Airport Authority recognizes the valuable partnership with United Parcel Service as we work together towards mutual success. Diana Baker, Industrial Engineer Supervisor/Air Planner, accepted the award.

“We are incredibly grateful for UPS’s investment at SBN as it helped us land over 100 million pounds of cargo in 2020,” said Daigle. “As a result, we will receive additional federal entitlement funds which will be invested back into airport infrastructure.”

About South Bend International Airport
South Bend International Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to thirteen cities:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City/Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend International’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air and rail passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the state aviation association, Aviation Indiana, South Bend International’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.

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