Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (KBEH) is owned by
the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The Southwest Michigan
Regional Airport (BEH) Authority was established in 1997 and is
responsible for the airport operations. The Airport Authority is
comprised of six municipalities: the Cities of Benton Harbor and St.
Joseph, St. Joseph Charter Township and Lincoln Charter Township,
Royalton Township, and Benton Charter Township which contribute millage
revenue for the purposes of airport operations. One member
represents each of the six municipalities on the Airport Authority
Board. The Authority Board meets monthly on the third Thursday. Board
Meetings are held in the Airport Conference Room and are open to the
public. For more information, dates and times, call the Administrative
Offices at (269) 927-3194 ext 10.
MEMBERS OF THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD:
Al Todd Lincoln Charter Township
Gretchen Gilmore City of St. Joseph
Deb Boothby Benton Charter Township
Phil S. Manni St Joseph Charter Township
Ted Kalin Royalton Township
Open City of Benton Harbor
Benefiting Business & Communities. In addition to the 64 privately owned aircraft housed at our airport, we are also home to several corporate aircraft, including a Fortune 500 international corporation fleet. Over 400 companies from all over the US and Canada annually fly their aircraft into Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (KBEH).
The latest economic impact estimate conducted (2002) by Michigan DOT showed the airport's contribution to the local economy to be $14 million.
The airport has air cargo activity with UPS flights and other local charter operators delivering material for just-in-time manufacturing. In addition, the airport is important in the times of medical emergencies; either transferring critically ill patients or as organ donor transport. The US Coast Guard utilizes the airport for refueling during operations on Lake Michigan.