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News Release

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board President Tom Botkin announced today that South Bend International Airport (SBN) will expand air service with new once-daily United Express service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and SBN. The service from SBN will begin October 27, 2014, departing at 6:20 a.m. arriving at EWR at 8:23 a.m. The first flight from EWR will operate on October 26, departing at 7:00 p.m. arriving at SBN at 9:13 p.m.

ExpressJet will operate the flights using ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft with 50 United Economy seats. Tickets are on-sale now and available for purchase at

“New York City is the number one demanded unserved market for the Michiana community until today,” said SBN Executive Director Mike Daigle. “This announcement has been 2 years in the making and I'm thrilled to expand our domestic air service and increase access to and from SBN to benefit the citizens of our community.”

Many partners assisted in putting together all the components to make this route possible. They are the US Department of Transportation; Governor Pence and Indiana Economic Development Corporation; St. Joseph County; City of South Bend; St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce; and United Airlines, their staff and affiliates.

AirTrain Newark provides quick and easy connections to and from NJ TRANSIT, PATH and Amtrak through Newark Liberty International Airport Station. Travel times to popular New York City destinations are 30 minutes via NJ TRANSIT to New York Penn Station and 40 minutes via PATH/NJ TRANSIT to World Trade Center. Philadelphia is 70 minutes via Amtrak.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President Thomas Botkin, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners President Andrew Kostielney, Indiana Economic Development Corporation North Central Region Director Dave Behr and St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea all took part in the announcement that took place at the Airport this morning.

About South Bend International

South Bend International's three air carriers provide nonstop flights to ten cities: Atlanta, Chicago, 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.

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Source: South Bend International

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