Fort Wayne International Airport is located 8 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, in Allen County, Indiana. The exact location of the airport is 3801 West Ferguson Road, Suite 209, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. FWA serves the Fort Wayne area and is under public ownership. It belongs to the Fort Wayne Allen Airport Authority. The airport is recognized as “the nation’s friendliest airport” by USA Today. The airport codes are IATA: FWA; ICAO: KFWA; FAA LID: FWA.
Fort Wayne International Airport is categorized as a primary commercial service airport. The airport has over 10,000 passenger boarding per year. In 2014 FWA served 323, 252 passengers, which was 9.59% more than in 2013. FAA classifies the airport as a “nonhub," or as the airport that has between 10,000 and 400,000 boardings per year. Fort Wayne International Airport is spanned 3,351 acres, 1,356 HA. The main runway is 11,981 feet (3,652 m ) long and 46 m wide. The track is large enough to accommodate the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter. FWA has a 600,000 square-foot, approximately 56,000 m2 air cargo center on the southwest side.
The airport has only one terminal named after Lieutenant Paul Baer and eight shared-use gates. Any airline can use any entrance with the airport's shared-use gate system. Together, flights from the airport to these cities serve over 790,000 combined arriving and departing passengers per year. The airport serves 72 air crafts, including CRJ-200, CRJ-700, AND CRJ-900. FWA operates with four-passenger airlines, including Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, and two cargo airlines such as FedEx Express and UPS Airlines.
The airport opened in 1941 and was initially built as a U.S. Army Air Forces base in World War II, the cost of a building was 10 million American dollars. At first, it was named as Baer Field, later Baer Army Air Field. During the war, approximately 100,000 militaries served out at the airport and its
more than 100 structures. The old airport hangar was in use from the war up until 2012. After the Hangar No. 40 damaged in a weather-related incident, it was demolished in March and April 2013.
After the war, Fort Wayne City bought the airport from the federal government’s General Services administration for one dollar.
In 1991 F.W. The city renamed the airport as Fort Wayne International Airport, but to honor Lieutenant Paul Baer, the terminal was named after him. Through the next decade, the airport underwent the most significant expansion and revitalization in its history of existence. The pier was once again expanded in between 1994 and 1997. Other improvements included the runway updates and the Air Trade Center on the southwest side of the airport. In 1998, FWA started advertising the airport to the general public for the first time.
In 2008 Fort Wayne International Airport, along with other Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority properties, received a new logo that resembled jet contrails. The new slogan, "A Whole New Attitude, "was created too. Nowadays, Fort Wayne is served by four carriers, and they account for a small percentage of airport traffic, less than 1 %.