Fort Wayne International Airport Takes Precautions for COVID-19
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) is taking the necessary steps to make sure that Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) remains a safe and healthy environment for all passengers, guests, and employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport continue to be open and operational. The Airport Authority offices have permanently changed hours to: 8am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday with the office closed from 11:30am - 12:30pm for lunch.
Effective immediately, FWA passengers, visitors, and employees are no longer required to wear a mask at the airport. The TSA will no longer enforce the security directive that requires masks to be worn inside the terminal building. If you are more comfortable wearing a mask during your travels, please feel free to continue to do so. Please check with your airline and connecting/final destinations for any specific requirements, as some state and local guidelines may differ.
FWA staff thanks you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through the current environment!
Read TSA's statement here.
Keeping FWA Safe and Healthy
- FWA is using a cleaning product that is an approved sanitizer against the human Coronavirus.
- Staff is wiping down high touch points multiple times daily. - This includes doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, ticket counters, seating areas, restrooms, etc.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the terminal building.
- Airline, TSA, restaurant, and car rental staff are paying special attention to sanitizing their leased areas and counter spaces.
- Plastic sneeze guards have been installed at all airline tickets counters, car rental counter, gate podiums, and the Airport Authority front desk.
- Social distancing markers have been placed on areas where lines may form.
The Airport Authority is encouraging passengers to stay informed and contact their air carrier with specific questions about their Covid restrictions and regulations via their websites, customer service departments, and social media.
Due to COVID-19, further precautionary measures have been taken to protect both staff and the traveling public at FWA.
- Valet Parking Services have been suspended and all paid parking lots have been transitioned to credit card only in efforts to decrease person-to-person contact.
- The Airport’s Customer Service Agent (CSA) program has resumed in a reduced capacity and limited schedule as we increase staffing levels.
- FWA’s Hospitality Host Program, which are volunteers that hand out cookies and assist passengers with questions about NE Indiana, are returning to the airport on a limited basis. Prepackaged, individually wrapped cookies will be available for passengers via the Cookie Kiosk located near security exit when volunteers are not on duty.
- The restaurant is open, but may have special precautions and procedures in place.
- The Airport Authority Administrative Offices are closed to the public, and no one will be allowed in without a pre-existing appointment or special circumstance.
- Lost and Found items falling under certain categories outlined by Airport Authority staff may be kept for a shorter period of time before being disposed of, if not claimed.
- Passengers keep possession of boarding passes. Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers should now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves.
- Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
- Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). In response to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags.
- Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security. Noticeable adjustments leading up to the security checkpoint include, increasing the distance between individuals as they enter the security checkpoint, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors and staggering the use of lanes where feasible.
- Real ID Deadline Extended. You now have until May 3, 2023 to upgrade your license to a Real ID. Following May 3, 2023 a Real ID will be mandatory in order to fly.
Learn more on the TSA Website
Additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Indiana State Department of Health
- Allen County Department of Health
- FAA Guidance to Fly Healthy This Holiday Season
- FWA COVID Recovery Safety Plan