South Bend is among 20 communities that will receive Small Community Air Service Development Program grants for building and maintaining air service.
According to AirlineGeeks, South Bend’s share of the $14.8 million pie will go toward attracting flights to the West Coast or Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded South Bend $750,000, while Ft. Wayne received $600,000. The two towns were the only to receive grants in Indiana of the 16 states that received awards.
“Air service to small communities is crucial to regional economies, which is why we are proud that these grants will help improve air service in 20 smaller communities across 16 states,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who served two terms as mayor of South Bend.
The department received 48 applications from 26 states, requesting a total of more than $34 million.
The South Bend International Airport also received a South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority READI allocation of $800,000 in 2022 for an air cargo and logistics center.