South Bend Airport opens new customs and border protection facility

Indiana’s South Bend International Airport (SBN) celebrated the opening of its Federal Inspection Station (FIS) and global entry enrollment centre with the arrival of a football club’s chartered flight on Tuesday 16 July.

The recently completed US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities are able to support the processing of general aviation, charter and scheduled inernationally arriving flights.

Local Governor Eric J. Holcomb said: “As a state, we’re committed to enhancing connectivity, helping both businesses and talent reach key markets across the country and around the world.”

He added: “The work being done at the South Bend International Airport sets the stage for growth and creates the opportunity to attract new commercial, international service to the South Bend-Elkhart region to further propel tourism, economic development and talent attraction throughout northern Indiana.”

CBP will pre-schedule applications for Global Entry enrollments during a specific set of hours Monday through Wednesday and SBN has already seen significant interest with more than 100 appointments already made durin the four weeks after it starts providing the service.

“The team at SBN has been working with our federal, lcoal and state partners to make today possible,” said Dr. Jay Asdell, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors president. “I am proud of the teamwork that has occurred for SBN to be the first airport in Indiana to offer a Global Entry enrollment centre. Now our team can continue their efforts to recruit commercial flights to international destinations.”

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