FWA awarded $2.1 million federal grant for airfield improvements
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Officials at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority are pleased to announce the receipt of an Airport Improvement Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The $2,134,621 million grant will be used to rehabilitate the second largest runway at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). The project will cost an estimated $20.1 million.
“Receiving this grant means we can continue into phase 2 of this large project to continue to provide a safe and efficient facility for all of our customers,”,” said Joe Marana, director of operations and facilities.
Runway construction has begun on phase 1, with phase 2 beginning in August. Flights at FWA will not be impacted by this project, as the airport’s primary runway will remain open. The Harper Company is the prime contractor on the project.
The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies – and in some cases, to private owners and entities – for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. For more information on the program, visit www.faa.gov/airports.
About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. In 2015, FWA served 715,907 passengers - an 11 percent increase over 2014. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.