Fort Wayne International Airport
Fort Wayne International Airport sits seven miles southeast of the city center of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. It is both a military and civil airport and Fort Wayne/Allen County Airport Authority publicly owns it. It offers commercial passenger, commercial cargo, general aviation, and military operations to the city. The airport covers a total of 3,351 total acres of land. Fort Wayne International Airport features a state-of-the-art all weather instrument landing system. With the city of Fort Wayne’s National Weather Service, the airport is able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. USA Today recognized the airport as one of the friendliest airports in the United States. The Fort Wayne International Airport serves about 600,0000 passengers per year.
Fort Wayne Airport Features
Fort Wayne International Airport has just one terminal at the airport, the Lieutenant Paul Baer Terminal. In addition to serving passengers, the terminal is also home to the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum that displays early aviation history in the northeastern area of Indiana. A 600,000-square foot air cargo center called Air Trade Center resides on the southwest side of the airport. Fort Wayne International Airport is just one of a few airports in the Midwest that has a nearly 12,000-foot runway. Runway 5/23’s is the main runway of the airport and it is 11,981 feet long and 150 feet wide and it was constructed from concrete and grooved asphalt. The runway is large enough to accommodate even the largest aircraft, like the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter. Runway 14/32 is the secondary, international runway and it is 8,001 feet long and 150 feet wide and made out of asphalt and concrete. A third runway, Runway 9/27 is used for general aviation and it is 4, 001 feet long and 75 feet wide and made out of asphalt and concrete. Fort Wayne International Airport has three parking lots that are across from the terminal. There is a short-term parking lot, long-term parking lot, and economy lot. Passengers can ride on a free shuttle service to travel from the parking lots to the terminal. The airport also offers curbside luggage assistance to passengers.
History of the Airport
At first, Fort Wayne International Airport was constructed for operation in World War II as a U.S. Army Air Forces base. In 1941, it officially opened under the name Baer Field, which later changed to Baer Army Field. More than 100 structures made up the military base. Throughout the war, over 100,000 military employees worked at the airport. When the war was over, the city of Fort Wayne purchased the airport for only one U.S. dollar. The airport’s name was changed to Fort Wayne Municipal Airport in 1946. The airport was renamed Fort Wayne International Airport in 1991. Throughout the 1990s, the airport went through the biggest expansion and restoration in its history. With a design from MSKTD & Associates, Inc., the terminal was updated and expanded and the runway was also upgraded. The Air Trade Center was also established. A modern 210-foot air traffic control tower opened in 2006.