South Bend International Airport getting $6.5M upgrade


SOUTH BEND – Major upgrades and improvements are coming to South Bend International Airport.A company called Corporate Wings plans to renovate the former DHL building.

It’s investing $6.5 million to be able to fly private jets from around the world in and out of South Bend.

Corporate Wings is a fixed-base operator (FBO), meaning it’s a commercial business granted the right to operate on airport property and provide things like fueling, hangar and aircraft rental.

Atlantic Aviation is another FBO already at South Bend International.

The city says Atlantic Aviation is staying open.

“It’s a testament to the desire of wealthy individuals to fly in and out of South Bend wanting ease of access to both the university, the nightlife, the culture, the city and certainly the business environment,” assessed Director of Business Development Chris Fielding.

Corporate Wings plans to start work at the airport in the next 30 or 60 days.

The Redevelopment Commission approved $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars Thursday for infrastructure upgrades at the airport, like security upgrades and improving runways so large, international jets can land there.