SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Regional Airport has experienced a jump of nearly 7 percent in passenger numbers since adding nonstop flights to its schedule.
More than 629,000 passengers used commercial aircraft at the airport last year, marking the highest total since 2008, notes a news release from the airport.
The new nonstop flights came from Allegiant Air to Punta Gorda, Fla., and Frontier Airlines to Denver, said Julie Curtis, marketing director for the airport. Both flights were added in 2012, though Frontier has ended nonstop flights from South Bend.
The airport has three carriers that provide nonstop flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Fla., Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Fla.
The airport is continuing discussions with airlines about adding even more nonstop routes, Curtis said.
“We work on that year-round," she said. "We never stop. The talks with the airlines are continuous.”