Fort Wayne International Airport has re-opened a major portion of its terminal building, which includes two new passenger gates and amenities for travelers with disabilities. As part of its west terminal expansion and rehabilitation, FWA relocated its existing Gate 8 and expanded with the additions of Gates 9 and 10.
The airport says not only does the space include new gates, but it also made improvements to passenger amenities.
There are new glass passenger boarding jet bridges, additional passenger seating and new men’s and women’s restrooms.
“This portion of the West Terminal Expansion and Rehabilitation project has been greatly anticipated and showcases the airport’s growth over recent years,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. “Airport staff is excited to show off this modern space, as well as features that will continue to position FWA as an inclusive airport for all travelers.”
The airport also introduced new features to accommodate travelers and their families that have physical or emotional impairments. It now offers height-accessible gate counters, a service animal relief area, plus a sensory room and adult changing table.
FWA says a nearly $33,000 gift from AWS Foundation helped pay for the additional amenities.
“I love that Fort Wayne International Airport’s recent expansion project embraced the concepts of Universal Design independent of Federal mandates or state laws,” said Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO. “They are partners in welcoming people of all abilities and ensuring that everyone has a better opportunity to experience the joy of air travel”
With the opening of Gates 8-10, existing Gates 5-7 will close for renovations with an expected re-opening in early 2023.