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Fort Wayne International Airport Information

The Fort Wayne International Airport serves about 600,000 passengers annually from its 3400-acre complex, located seven miles southwest of downtown Fort Wayne. The Indiana airport offers daily commercial service to seven non-stop locations, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Fort Wayne International is home to four major airline carriers -- Allegiant, American, Delta, and United. Most domestic and international sites can be reached from the airport through connections at the airlines’ hubs.

The Fort Wayne airport facility offers a variety of perks to make a traveler’s experience more enjoyable. The airport is perhaps most well known for its Hospitality Hosts, who welcome passengers arriving at the airport with fresh-baked cookies. Visitors also will find a full-service restaurant, a deli and bar, a gift shop and quarterly arts exhibits. In addition, travelers can catch up on work in the airport’s business center and or access the Internet through free wireless service in the terminal. Children’s play areas throughout the terminal are a convenience for families.

Complimentary parking lot shuttles are offered seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight to take visitors from their cars to the terminal. The airport uses two Global Electric Motorcars to shuttle passengers from parking lots. These green shuttles are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than gas alternatives. Curbside luggage help also is available for visitors.

History buffs might be interested in visiting the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, which is located at the airport terminal. The museum is only open to passengers who have been cleared through airport security checkpoints or those who are participating in official tours. The museum features displays about the area’s rich commercial, military and general aviation history.

The Fort Wayne airport was constructed in 1941 as a World War II military base at a cost of about $10 million. The base, originally called “Baer Field,” had more than 100 buildings at that time. More than 100,000 members of the military served at the base. After the war, the city of Fort Wayne purchased the airport from the federal government for a dollar.

The facility name was changed to Fort Wayne Municipal Airport in 1946. It became Fort Wayne International Airport in 1991. The airport now has three runways, including a 12,000-foot runway that is one of the longest in the nation. The runway can handle aircraft as large as the Space Shuttle and military tankers. The airport continues its link to the military as the base for the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard.

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