Fort Wayne airport gets $9.2 million federal grant

Fort Wayne International Airport is in for improvements, thanks to a federal grant. (News-Sentinel.com file photo).

Fort Wayne International Airport will receive a $9.2 million federal grant, Sen. Todd Young announced Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) supplemental grant will support the expedited conclusion of the airport’s apron-improvement project while enhancing operational flexibility and improving safety, Young, R-Ind., said in a statement. On April 30, Young sent a letter to the FAA to support Fort Wayne International’s AIP grant application and urged Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to support funding for Hoosier airports.

“As the Crossroads of America, it is critical that Indiana’s airports . . . continue to make important infrastructure investments,” Young stated. “These two Airport Improvement Program grants will help ensure these Hoosier assets remain vibrant and continue to drive economic development in their respective regions.”

Evansville’s airport will receive $8.9 million in AIP funds to improve aviation ramp infrastructure and the airfield drainage system, which will prevent flooding and sinkhole development, preserve overall airport infrastructure and ensure unimpeded commercial operations.

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