Fort Wayne International Airport Begins Parking Lot Construction Project

Katie Robinson  ·  May 2024

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) is beginning construction work on a parking lot expansion project that will see the existing Economy Lot and Long Term Lot combine. The project includes the mill and overlay of the existing Economy Lot and the expansion and realignment of the Long Term lot to create a singular Long Term parking lot.

The parking lot project will allow for the maximization of available space while utilizing all available flat surface parking. A supplementary drive lane and sidewalk will be added, as well as additional handicap parking spaces. This project aims to improve the passenger experience before reaching the front door of the terminal. This project will be a part of Project Gateway, FWA’s current airport campus modernization project that includes the ongoing terminal expansion project.

“As passenger traffic has come back even stronger than anticipated over the last few years, airport staff has identified the need to increase capacity in our parking lots,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. “By combining our existing Economy and Long Term parking lots, we will be able to accommodate for increased passenger traffic and create a better parking experience.”

At the conclusion of the project FWA will have parking options of Long-Term, Short-Term and Valet. There will be no changes to current parking rates with Short Term costing $15 per day, Long Term costing $10, and the convenience of Valet parking only being $16 per day. Both parking lots offer free 30-minute parking and $2 parking per hour.

The current Economy Lot was closed off to arriving passengers beginning Monday, April 29. This was done to give passengers ample time to return home from their travels before construction begins. Construction is scheduled to being on Monday, May 6, 2024, and continue through July 30, 2024. Brooks Construction is serving as contractor for the project.

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport 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 13 cities on four airlines. In 2023, FWA served 795,750 passengers – a record year for passenger traffic. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit