Fort Wayne International Airport Celebrates Return of Non-Stop Service to Detroit on Delta Air Lines

Katie Robinson  ·  June 2024

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Beginning today, Friday, June 7, 2024, non-stop service to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) on Delta Air Lines will officially return to Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). Delta’s first inbound flight from Detroit will arrive at FWA this evening at 9:50PM.

The first non-stop outbound flight will depart FWA tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 8:30AM. To celebrate the return of non-stop DTW service, airport staff is planning a gate sendoff to coincide with the first departing flight. Passengers on the first FWA to DTW flight will enjoy this special celebration featuring balloons, custom Detroit-themed treats, airport swag, a coffee bar, and more!

“We are thrilled to finally welcome non-stop service to Detroit back to the Fort Wayne, and Northeast Indiana, community,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports. “Airport staff has worked diligently with community members, as well as Delta Air Lines, to bring this crucial airline service back. We appreciate Delta’s continued partnership and commitment to FWA and look forward to connecting Fort Wayne to the world via Detroit.”

Non-stop service to DTW on Delta returns to FWA after leaving the market in October 2022 due to the airline pilot shortage. Airport Authority staff actively worked to restore DTW service to the airport, working closely with community members and Delta Air Line staff. These efforts included a letter-writing campaign from the Northeast Indiana business community sent directly to Delta’s Atlanta headquarters voicing the need for DTW service at FWA to be restored.

“Restoring non-stop service from Fort Wayne to Detroit is a major win for our community,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Sharon Tucker. “Fort Wayne International Airport continues to provide excellent services to help meet the needs of residents and visitors. Being able to connect with Detroit in this manner will have a positive and lasting impact to position us for current and future economic development opportunities and as an important amenity for business and leisure travel for individuals and families.”

The return of Detroit service brings FWA’s non-stop destinations to a total of 13 on four airlines with non-stop service to Chicago O’Hare, Charlotte, Dallas Fort-Worth (American Airlines); Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis (Delta Air Lines); Chicago O’Hare (United Airlines); Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Sarasota (Allegiant Air).

Non-stop service to Detroit will operate once daily on the 76-seat CRJ-900. Flights are tentatively scheduled to operate 7-days a week with an 8:30AM FWA-DTW departure, and a 9:50PM DTW-FWA arrival. Departure and arrival times are subject to change. Tickets can be booked directly through Delta Air Lines at or 1-800-221-1212.

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