(Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Stay at home orders and bans for non-essential travel have kept people in their homes and grounded business travel. While experts say there is little doubt those safeguards have saved lives, the effects have been devastating for airlines.

And those like Tim Simpson, a Senior Maintenance Manager at Republic Airways, who's spent decades in hangers at the Indianapolis International Airport says aircraft can be heard taking off and landing every five minutes or so on a normal day. This time is far from normal.

Airfield Silence Makes Workers Sick


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis International Airport’s top official says it could take up to three years for the airport’s flights to bounce back to the levels it saw before the coronavirus pandemic. Airport authority executive director Marion Rodriguez says the airport’s flight activity has dropped to as low as 5% of typical operations since the virus outbreak spread across the U.S. in March, and it recently served only 14 of its 53 destinations. Rodriguez says the airport could have 45% fewer flights than originally expected for the year.

Michiana Airports Receive Federal Grants

Jun 25, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has announced nine Indiana airports will share more than $3 million in infrastructure grants.

The largest of the grants announced Monday was more than $1 million to Madison Municipal Airport to install perimeter fencing. Knox/Starke County Airport is getting $600,000 for a runway extension, and Goshen Municipal Airport will receive $540,000 to rehabilitate a runway and taxiway.

Other grants are going to airports in Auburn, Indianapolis, Muncie, Peru, Salem and Wabash.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are warning about possible exposure to measles in Indianapolis following a visit by a person from out of state who was confirmed to have the highly contagious disease.

The Marion County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that the person was at the Microtel Inn & Suites near the Indianapolis International Airport on March 18 and at Shapiro's Delicatessen in Indianapolis that same day. The department didn't say where the person was visiting from.

Officials note most area residents already are vaccinated.

SBN sees flight activity take off in 2018

Feb 28, 2019
South Bend International Airport


(SOUTH BEND) - The city's International Airport saw a more than 20-percent jump in usage during the first three quarters of 2018. Average growth for similarly sized airports was three to seven-percent in the same time frame.

American Airlines returns to South Bend

Jan 18, 2018
Officials pose at South Bend Regional Airport. (L toR) South Bend Regional Chamber President Jeff Rea, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners President Andrew Kostielney, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Dire
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE


American Airlines is returning to South Bend International Airport with non-stop flights to Dallas and Charlotte.

American Airlines left South Bend in 2003. The airline's return will connect South Bend to its two biggest hubs.

The move will bring 93 thousand seats on flights and an estimated 20 million dollars in revenue to the area.

Governor Eric Holcomb said the expansion in South Bend is part of a larger  trend. Indianapolis added it’s first non-stop route to Europe in September.

John Schalliol was executive director of the South Bend Airport for more than 30 years. He talks with life-long friend Ron Wiggins about how the airport has changed over the years.