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Fort Wayne International Airport Breaks Ground on West Terminal Expansion and Rehabilitation Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) has broken ground on Project Gateway’s $47 million West Terminal Expansion and Rehabilitation with a groundbreaking ceremony at the airport terminal.

The Fort Wayne & Allen County Board of Directors approved bids relating to the construction, and after two years, the airport is moving forward with plans to expand and renovate the FWA terminal building.

The West Terminal expansion will see the addition of two new gates in the airport’s terminal building, an update to appearance and amenities, new jet bridges, an expanded ticketing area, a new front façade, and more. This portion of the project will total over $36,000,000.

ABC21 spoke with the Executive Director of Airports, Scott Hinderman, who shared that he is very grateful for the vision and leadership from the Airport Authority Board Members in making this project come to fruition.

"The planning for this project goes back years, and the continued growth in Northeast Indiana is reflected in air travel and use of our airport. As our passenger numbers continue to recover, we look forward to serving our community even better than before." Hinderman said.

The other portion of the project that was bid-approved was the Checked Bag Inspection System (CBIS).

The portion is a major behind-the-scenes component of the West Terminal Expansion and will bring a modern and efficient baggage screening system that will assist both the airlines that service the airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at FWA.

The CBIS will cost more than $8,500,000 and will be funded by the TSA.

The West Terminal Expansion is the key part in Project Gateway, which has included the Parking Lot Rehabilitation, Rental Car Return Lot Canopy Expansion and Renewable Solar Energy Project.

Hinderman also shared that the terminal expansion is a major project that will bring a new FWA, the city of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana and believes it will create the best front door possible to the community.

Construction is expected to be completed in the top of 2023.

For more information and updates, you can visit www.fwairport.com/project-gateway.

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Tony Betton Jr.

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