We’ve gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to travel to and from SBN. Have a question that isn’t answered below? Reach out to your airline directly, or contact SBN today for more information.
Minors under the age of 18 are not required to provide an ID at the airport ticket counter or the security checkpoint. Please check with your airline regarding specific rules for unaccompanied minors.
The three-letter code for South Bend is SBN. This is the Airport Identifier Code, also known as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) code. You can use it when booking your ticket online.
Several taxi cab companies offer service from the airport directly to the campus. These taxis are located outside Door B of the terminal building. The cost varies between the cab companies. Rental cars are also available. Popular ridesharing services Uber and Lyft are permitted at South Bend international Airport. These services can pick up from the customer’s selected pickup location. Rides2u is an additional locally-owned and operated ride share service that serves the South Bend and University of Notre Dame areas. The Rides2u mobile app can be downloaded for an easy, convenient experience at the tap of a few buttons, or riders can call or send a text message to (574) 274-5208 to inquire about car services.
The airport terminal opens at 4:00 a.m.
It is recommended that you arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure for check-in and security screening.
Each airline has different carry-on regulations, so check with your airline for size restrictions and other rules. Most airlines require that you limit your carry-on items to one carry-on bag plus one personal item, such as a laptop computer, briefcase, purse, or camera case.
South Bend is on Eastern Time (Indiana and New York time) year-round and does observe Daylight Saving Time.
A nonstop flight travels from one airport to another without stopping. A direct flight makes stops along the way. Passengers traveling on direct flights make a stop at other airports but remain on the plane while some passengers leave and others arrive.
You must keep luggage with you at all times. To ensure the safety and security of all passengers, unattended baggage will be removed and impounded.
Unfortunately, due to current security regulations, there are no lockers or baggage-check areas in South Bend International Airport. You must keep all luggage with you until it is accepted by the airline, as well as keep all carry-on pieces with you at all times. Baggage carts are located near the baggage claim and on the front drive near the Valet Parking Booth.
Unfortunately, we do not provide a currency exchange service. We recommend you check with your bank or travel agency for these services.
In accordance with Indiana law, South Bend International Airport is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted within 30 feet of airport terminal building entrances. Additionally, we do not allow the use of E-Cigarettes inside the airport terminal.
Pets are not permitted inside the terminal buildings unless they are service animals or departing on a flight and in a pet carrier.
Traveling pets and owners have access to the Pet Relief Area, located post-security near Gate 4, where they can relieve themselves. Pets must remain leashed at all times when in the Pet Relief Area.
Gift Shop Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
South Bend Chocolate Café and Bar Fly (post-security): 5:00 a.m. – until the last flight departs
Bar Fly, Studebagels, The Pop Stop (pre-security): 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
There are two ATM units located inside the airport. The first is located across from the Airport Information window, between the gift shop and the United ticket counter. The second is post-security near the business center.
Free WiFi internet service is available throughout the airport. Simply launch your browser and connect to SBN-Free WiFi. Open your browser to accept the terms and conditions.
Passengers 18 years of age and over are required to show a valid government-issued (U.S. Federal or State) photo ID that contains a name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. If you lose your primary ID or it has expired, TSA may accept other forms of ID to help verify your identity. Please visit the TSA website for more information.
If you believe you have lost an item in the terminal, please visit the Airport Information Office located near baggage claim or call the office at (574) 282-4590 #0.
The Airport Information Office is staffed daily prior to the first departing flight until the last arrival.
For information regarding items left behind at a TSA Security Checkpoint in South Bend or items missing from checked baggage, call TSA at (317) 532-1900.
If you believe you have left an item on the airplane, please contact your airline.
Contact (574) 282-4590 #0, or you may visit the Airport Information Office located near baggage claim.
The airport employs more than 60 individuals in a variety of professions and specialties, including administration, building and field maintenance, operations, and public safety.
For current openings at the Airport Authority, visit our employment page.
Positions for airport tenants such as airlines, rental car agencies, restaurants and gift shops are handled by the individual companies. All inquiries should be directed specifically to them, and we recommend stopping into the airport and dropping off resumes to the employers of interest. For TSA security-related positions, contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Located at the east end of the airport terminal, the new General Aviation Facility (GAF) accommodates private flights originating outside the country. The new facility offers trash processing, fueling and other services to private international flights, making KSBN an easy one-stop destination.
SBN is the second airport in the state of Indiana with a Federal Inspection Station (FIS). Our team is working diligently to recruit commercial flights to and from international destinations. Although there is no timeline for any future announcements, the completion of SBN’s FIS was the final step needed to secure international flights.
The Cell Phone Waiting Lot (located within the 18 Hour Lot) is where you can park at no cost while waiting on arriving passengers. From the main terminal entrance, look for the signs on the left side of the roadway. When your passenger arrives, pull up to the curb to pick them up. See airport map.