- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The South Bend International Airport could begin living up to its name next year when it comes to commercial flights.

The South Bend Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1KTdgir ) the St. Joseph County Airport Authority board on Thursday awarded a $9 million contract to Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend to build a federal inspection station, otherwise known as border customs. The board also voted to hire the project’s design firm Mead & Hunt Inc. at nearly $1 million to manage construction.

A 2012-2013 airport study showed about 70 internationally registered private aircraft flew into South Bend during a 12-month period. That doesn’t include U.S.-registered aircraft belonging to regional companies which do international business. But the airport also hopes to add international commercial flights.

No date has been set to start construction.

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