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Another year of growth at Fort Wayne

Passenger traffic at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) increased 8.5% in 2014, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth for the gateway in the US state of Indiana.

On the northern side of the city, Smith Field Airport (SMD) also had a record year for general aviation fuel sales.

At FWA, the number of people boarding flights, reached a total of 324,151, compared to 298,661 in 2013.

The airport also recorded one of its best December's in history, with 29,653 passengers departing in that month alone, which is a 21% hike over December 2013.

Total traffic for the airport, which includes departures and arrivals was 643,887 in 2014 compared to 592,943 in 2013, an increase of 8.6%.

The airport’s capacity, was aided by the addition of new non-stop flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte via American Airlines/US Airways.

Seats were also added to the existing markets of Chicago O-Hare International Airport via United Airlines and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via Delta Air Lines.

Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, says: “We have a lot of people to thank for the addition of new air service at FWA and the resulting increase in the airport’s traffic.

“The Airport authority worked with several community partners to bring in new service, including the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Greater Fort Wayne Inc, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

“Without their help, and the support of the region’s travellers, FWA wouldn’t be growing the way that it is.”

Complimentary to new air service, FWA also underwent several modifications to better meet travellers’ needs, and projects completed last year included a new rental car parking lot, an airline ticket counter remodel, and a new west access road for airfield users.

Smith Field Airport also experienced record growth last year, where general aviation fuel sales totaled 58,030 gallons, and the gateway had a number of significant improvements in 2014, including the expansion of the taxiway and ramp areas and the main parking lot.

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