Northeast Indiana is the hub of the Midwest allowing businesses to access more than 80% of the U.S. and Canadian population within a one-day drive.
With a $45 million airport expansion to increase capacity and efficiency, the Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) is poised and ready for next-level service and passengers. The runway at Fort Wayne International is one of the longest in the United States and is long enough to handle any type of aircraft, including the Space Shuttle.
Northeast Indiana’s air service through the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority welcomes more than 715,000 passengers each year and provides businesses greater access to national and global markets.
In 2016, the airport opened the Fort Wayne Aero Center, Northeast Indiana’s premier full-service fixed-base operator (FBO) for business or leisure traveling. Then, in 2020, FWA announced the expansion of the terminal, coined The Gateway Project.
Fort Wayne International Airport’s (FWA) Major Airlines
- 12,000 feet and 8,000 feet
Nonstop Destinations from FWA
- Direct service to 12 destinations
- Connecting to seven hubs, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis and Newark
- Allegiant services vacation destinations like Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Tampa, Florida as well as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix.
Northeast Indiana is also home to the following regional airports.
- DeKalb County Airport: 5,000-foot runway
- Huntington Municipal Airport: 5,001-foot runway
- Kendallville Municipal Airport: 4,400-foot runway
- Smith Field Airport: 3,110-foot runway
- Tri-State Steuben County Airport: 4,540-foot runway
- Wabash Municipal Airport: 1,940-foot and 4,401-foot runways
- Warsaw Municipal Airport: 6,002-foot and 4,012-foot runways
Northeast Indiana’s geographic position and multimodal connection to major markets make it a principal “hub to the Midwest.” Northeast Indiana’s central location makes Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Indianapolis reachable within a three-hour drive. I-80/90, America’s longest interstate highway running from Boston to Seattle, and I-69, which is planned to run from Mexico to Canada, are part of a transportation network that includes seven U.S. highways and more than 20 state roads.
Class I Freight Railroads
Norfolk Southern operates intermodal facilities in Columbus, Ohio (160 miles east of Fort Wayne) and Chicago (160 miles west of Fort Wayne). Norfolk Southern’s main lines converge in Fort Wayne and connect to Chicago; Detroit; Cincinnati; Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Kansas City, Missouri.
Class II Freight Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. runs from Crestline, Ohio (140 miles east of Fort Wayne), to Tolleston, Indiana. (140 miles west of Fort Wayne).
- Indiana Northeastern Railroad stretches nearly 130 miles, with major interchanges in Montpelier, Ohio (less than 60 miles from Fort Wayne), and Sturgis, Michigan (roughly 70 miles from Fort Wayne).
Two international ports, Burns Harbor and Port of Toledo, are both located within 125 miles of Fort Wayne. These multimodal transportation hubs are well-positioned as an inland distribution point for North American commerce.
There are also three ports of Indiana that serve the region as well.
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