Fort Wayne International Airport has received nearly $3 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will support a new access road and the purchase of mowing and snow removal equipment.

September 25, 2013

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Officials at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority are pleased to announce the receipt of two federal Airport Improvement Grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The first is a $2.74 million grant aimed at enhancing access to the general aviation portion of Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). The improvement includes a new access road to the west side of the airfield with services to the general aviation facilities as well as Endeavor Air’s aircraft maintenance facility. It also improves the access to the airport’s fuel farm. The second grant, in the amount of $118,000, is for the purchase of a new tractor at Smith Field Airport (SMD). The tractor will support mowing and snow removal operations.

“The receipt of these federal grants highlights the Airport Authority's continued dedication to supporting both FWA and SMD. The new road at FWA will make it easier for users to access the airport’s general aviation facilities and, just as importantly, for those arriving users to access the region. The new tractor at SMD enhances safety and efficiency by placing newer, reliable equipment at Smith Field,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports.

Combined, the grants total more than $2.9-million. Construction on the West Access Road project will begin this month with anticipated completion in June 2014. Primco Inc. is the prime contractor on the project. The tractor is slated to be in operation at SMD in time for the snow season.

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. Since FWACAA’s inception, Fort Wayne International Airport has undergone an aggressive improvement plan which included expansion of the terminal and parking areas, upgrades to the runways, and the creation of an Air Trade Center and Foreign Trade Zone to promote economic development in Northeast Indiana. 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. The Authority is governed by a six–member board appointed by both the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit

Source: Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

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