Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) has much to celebrate as 2018 comes to a close. From a number of airport improvement projects, to continued increases in passenger traffic, the airport continues to thrive and serve as an asset to Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.
Over the last nine years, FWA has experienced consecutive year-over-year growth. This includes breaking the all-time record for passenger traffic traveling through the airport in 2016, and breaking that record again in 2017. FWA is on track to once again break that record in 2018.As of October 2018, the airport had already seen over 317,000 enplaned passengers, or passengers traveling out of the airport on outbound flights. In total, the airport has seen over 630,000 passengers fly in and out of the airport this year – an increase of 2.65 percent over 2017. With an average of 62,000 passengers passing through the terminal each month, FWA continues to grow.
This continued momentum and growth in traffic has allowed for the airport to make needed improvements to the passenger experience and make way for future growth.
Most recently, construction was completed on a new terminal entrance road leading up to the main terminal building. This new road introduces a new entrance into the airport campus, as well as new entrances for all three parking lot options. Another recent improvement made to parking at FWA is the introduction of a new Valet Parking Service – making it even more convenient to park and fly local.
In addition to recent airport improvements, FWA could see growth to the terminal building itself as passenger traffic continues to increase. Airport Authority staff have begun preliminary exploration and planning involving expanding the terminal building. This would bring more gates, as well as support the possibility of new air service routes and new airlines at the airport.
As FWA continues to grow and thrive, it is important to note that this cannot come without the support of the local community. It is important to fly local and support current air service and airlines. In doing so, existing routes can thrive, and current and new airlines will see that with a supportive community, FWA can support new air service. As we look ahead to 2019, FWA looks forward to another year of thriving!