There’s a reason traffic at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) was up 11 percent in 2015. Is it because more people are flying? Maybe. Is it because local airfares are more comparable to alternate airports? It’s likely. Or could it be because more people are realizing that when they calculate the total cost of a trip, it just makes more sense to fly locally? Absolutely.
According to the most recent airfares published by the Department of Transportation for second quarter 2015, the average domestic, one-way fare for FWA was $196. This fare stacks up quite well against $190 at Indianapolis International Airport, $182 at Chicago O’Hare and $197 at Dayton International Airport. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, the airport saw 12 percent more passengers per day and fares drop five percent.
“We added approximately 11 percent more seats to the market in 2015,” says Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. “When you add more nonstop destinations, as well as more seats to existing markets, competition between the airlines is sure to increase and the community benefits in the form of lower airfares.”
Although fares have dropped, the airport authority understands that competition is still alive and well. So to help travelers decide which airport to use, it created a True Cost Calculator on flyfwa.com. The calculator allows users to input their starting zip code and quoted airfares from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Chicago and Dayton to compute the actual cost of flying. Added costs include driving at $.575 per mile, the money lost by your absence from work at $19.94 per hour (the average wage in Indiana) and the cost of economy parking for one week.
“Aside from airfare, there are several other costs that should be factored into a trip. We encourage travelers to use the calculator and realize what they could save by flying from Fort Wayne,” Hinderman adds.
Aside from cost savings, supporting your local airport is likely to result in further growth. The more travelers choose to fill the outbound seats FWA already has, the more likely it is the airlines will add more seats, lowering airfares even further. So fly on Fort Wayne and let’s see what kind of growth we can achieve.