FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – American Airlines is bringing two more routes to Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). Direct flights to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina will start October 2nd.
City and airport officials said Monday’s announcement means much more than just additional destinations.
“To be able to open up the East Coast to Fort Wayne by a direct flight. This not only opens up the entire coast line in Philadelphia, New York, and a number of other cities, but it also allows us to go from Philadelphia to Europe and also to South America, so it’s a tremendous advantage now for Fort Wayne from an economic development perspective.”
It’s been in the planning process for around a decade, and soon it will become a reality. Starting this fall, American Airlines will offer non-stop service from Fort Wayne to both locations. There will be two flights a day to Philadelphia International, one in the morning and one in the evening. There will be one a day to Charlotte Douglas. That flight departs every evening.
More than 100 regional leaders and the airport collaborated to get a northeastern hub route. They originally only planned on Philadelphia, but then airlines also suggested a route to Charlotte. Officials said the additions come at a time when most airports are cutting back.
“There are a number of communities that are shutting down flights. They’re consolidating flights because they need to make money and they aren’t. Here in Fort Wayne, we’re growing our flight patterns which really I think says a lot for the city of Fort Wayne. We’re stepping up, we’re letting airlines know that we have something to offer, and we’re making Fort Wayne a little bit better place to live as well,” said Mayor Henry.
“The market is there, they see an opportunity to make money in our community, sell more tickets, fill those planes, so that’s why they’re coming to our community,” said Scott Hinderman, the executive director of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority.
Mayor Tom Henry said the routes provide many new possibilities to the city and people of Fort Wayne.
“It’s going to meet a lot of the needs, and the wants, and the desires of our community because we can open up the entire East Coast now to the citizens and businesses in Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry.
Tickets go on sale this Sunday, May 11th.