Updated: September 11, 2013 10:45PM
SOUTH BEND (AP) — A regional airline plans to open a new maintenance facility at the South Bend Airport in the coming months.
SkyWest Airlines spokeswoman Marissa Snow says the facility will mainly be used for routine maintenance and repairs on its Bombardier CRJ200 jets. Utah-based SkyWest expects to start operations in South Bend by next year and have 40 workers.
Airport director Mike Daigle tells the South Bend Tribune that officials have been working with the airline for nearly six months to get the deal completed.
SkyWest operates flights for United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines and US Airways with 330 planes. It now has nine maintenance bases.
Daigle says the SkyWest operation will increase the airport’s ability to make a larger economic impact on the region.