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FWA Awarded $12.8 Million Federal Grant For Airfield Improvements

Officials at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority are pleased to announce the receipt of an Airport Improvement Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The $12,883,848 million grant will be used to rehabilitate the primary use runway at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). The project will cost an estimated $14.3 million.

“Receiving this grant means the airport authority can make the airfield improvements necessary to continue providing safe, efficient facilities for all users,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports.

Runway construction will begin in the spring of next year with an anticipated completion date of August 30, 2016. Flights at FWA will not be impacted by this project, as the airport’s second runway will remain open. The Harper Company is the prime contractor on the project.

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies – and in some cases, to private owners and entities – for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. For more information on the program, visit

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) 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 12 cities on four airlines. In 2014, FWA served 643,887 passengers – an 8.5% increase over 2013. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit