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Record Year for Fort Wayne Airports

Monday, February 16, 2015

At Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), passenger traffic was up 8.5 percent in 2014, which marks the fifth consecutive year of growth. Not only did the airport see 324,151 people board flights through its facilities last year, but the FWA also recorded its best December in history with 29,653 people “enplaned” that month alone, a 21 percent increase of December 2013. The previous record year was 2000 with 26,939 passengers.

In part these record numbers were due to the increased capacity (that is, number of outbound seats) available. Capacity increased by 12 percent in 2014 thanks to new nonstop flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte, as well as flights to existing markets to Chicago and Atlanta. With the new cities added in 2014, FWA now offers daily, nonstop service to seven major hubs.

“We have a lot of people to thank for the addition of new air service at FWA,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “The Airport Authority worked with several community partners to bring in new service, including the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Without their help, and the support of the region’s travelers, FWA wouldn’t be growing the way that it is.”

To support the growing traffic, FWA last year saw several improvements including a new rental car parking lot, an airline ticket counter remodel and a new west access road for airfield users.

Smith Field Airport, which lies north of Fort Wayne, also saw record growth last year as it again outsold the previous year’s total gallons of aviation fuel with 58,030 gallons sold in 2014. Smith Field Airport also saw improvements including an expanded taxiway and ramp areas as well as an expanded main parking lot.

Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority