Fort Wayne airport to get $9.2 million grant

May 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Todd Young announced today that Fort Wayne International Airport will receive a $9.2 million federal grant to upgrade its terminal apron where aircraft are boarded, unboarded, refueled and deiced.

The money is from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

“We’re very excited about it, and we appreciate the help from Sen. Young and Rep. (Jim) Banks,” Joe Marana, director of operations and facilities for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, said in a phone interview. Banks represents northeast Indiana in the U.S. House.

“What the project will allow us to do is increase the capacity on our airport ramp for aircraft and also allow us to start our terminal expansion of some gates and jet bridges,” Marana said.

The Ferguson Road airport parks nine aircraft overnight, he said, but some must go to a maintenance area because of apron space limits. 

The expanded apron will make room for more planes and for larger planes, Marana said.

“As the airlines increase the frequency of larger aircraft, this facility will be able to accommodate that with this ramp project,” he said.

In an April 30 letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Young, R-Ind., wrote that the apron project also would “enhance operational flexibility and vastly improve safety at the facility.”

Young said the Evansville Regional Airport will receive an $8.9 million grant from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for ramp infrastructure and airfield drainage.

“These two Airport Improvement Program grants will help ensure these Hoosier assets remain vibrant and continue to drive economic development in their respective regions,” Young said in a statement.