SOUTH BEND — This summer South Bend International Airport will add a fourth airline and provide twice daily direct flights to Charlotte, N.C. and Dallas.
Local and airport officials were joined Thursday by Gov. Eric Holcomb to announce that American Airlines service direct from South Bend to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will begin June 7. Both destinations will have flights twice daily to and from South Bend International.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport pre-empted Thursday’s announcement with a morning tweet stating the new flight route.
Currently, the airport provides non-stop flights to 10 American cities through Allegiant, Delta and United airlines. The addition of American and its two new cities is expected to generate $20 million a year in revenue for the local economy, according to South Bend Regional Chamber CEO Jeff Rea.
In order to attract the Dallas/Fort Worth routes, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the St. Joseph County Airport Authority pledged $750,000 each to American Airlines, to be paid out over the span of two years.