South Bend International Airport to Celebrate Inaugural Nonstop Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte on American Airlines

WHO: South Bend International Airport (SBN) and American Airlines

WHAT: Inaugural Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Charlotte (CLT) Nonstop flights

WHERE: South Bend International Airport, Gate 3

WHEN: American Airlines Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:25 p.m.

Arrival of Flight #2871 from DFW at 1:12 p.m.

             Media invited to film at the gate and on the ramp.

             Media must arrive by 11:50 a.m. to be escorted to the gate.

Departure of Flight #2933 to CLT on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 5:14 p.m.

             Media invited to film gate celebration and departure.

             Media must arrive by 3:15 p.m. to be escorted to the gate.                                        

** All media representatives will be subject to security screening and MUST bring a valid photo ID to the event.  Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

South Bend, IN. South Bend International Airport (SBN) will celebrate the arrival of American Airlines’ nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and gate celebration on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Media must arrive by 11:50 a.m. to be escorted through security.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Gate 3 at 12:25 p.m. Speakers include Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine Bedel, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, St. Joseph County Commissioners President Andrew Kosetielney, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board President David Sage, South Bend Regional Chamber President Jeff Rea, and a representative from American Airlines.

Passengers boarding the inaugural flight will enjoy cake, beverages, American Airlines goodie bags, and will be able to register to win AAdvantage miles as part of the celebration.

Media will be escorted onto the ramp to film the water cannon salute celebrating the arrival of Flight #2871 from DFW scheduled for 1:12 p.m.

“Direct flights like the ones we are celebrating today play a key part in enhancing economic opportunities and connectivity for Hoosier businesses and travelers,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As these flights take off, Indiana’s reputation as a destination for business continues to soar to new heights. We’re full steam ahead to ensure we’re connected with the rest of the world, and nonstop services will continue to play a role in attracting the jobs of today and tomorrow to Indiana.”

Media must arrive at 3:15 p.m. to film the celebrations of Flight #2933 to CLT scheduled for 5:14 p.m. Passengers boarding the inaugural flight will celebrate with cake, beverages, and American Airlines goodie bags prior to takeoff.

“The take-off of flights today to two of American Airlines’ largest hubs is a result of the community’s support and choice to fly local,” said SBN’s Executive Director Mike Daigle. “These new flights offer competitive options for both business and leisure travelers from the South Bend region.”

The flights will be operated by American Eagle using CRJ-700 regional jet aircraft with dual-class cabins and 65 seats. Flights will depart daily from SBN to DFW at 6:48 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. They will return to SBN daily from DFW at 1:23 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Flights to CLT will leave SBN daily at 8:05 a.m. and 5:14 p.m. returning to South Bend each day at 11:30 a.m. and 7:55 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at www.aa.com.

About South Bend International

South Bend International Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to twelve cities:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City/Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend International’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, South Bend International’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), Twitter (@SBNairport) or Instagram (@SBNairport) to stay informed about the airport and the carriers that serve the South Bend region.

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