Public Gives Input On Fort Wayne Airport Master Plan

By John W. Davis

June 25, 2010 Updated Jun 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's Newscenter) - What's in-store for the future of the Fort Wayne International Airport?

That was the hot topic Thursday night, as dozens of concerned citizens gathered to talk about an Airport Master Plan at the Allen County Public Library.

Airport executives said filing an Airport Master Plan with the FAA was important, because the airport layout portion qualifies the Fort Wayne International Airport for federal funding.

Another main reason, the plan will lay out the next 20 years of airport expansion and development.

Some of the key issues discussed at the meeting, were building a new commercial runway and determining how to meet the long-term air transportation needs of our region.

Airport executives admit the Fort Wayne International Airport is known for business travelers, but they say they are not forgetting about the common man or woman.

So another goal is to keep operating costs low, so airlines won't raise prices.

Officials have been working on this plan since last fall, and now it's time to incorporate community ideas.

"Now it's our job to kind of take that back and figure out ok what does that mean, how do feed that into the next step of the process and at the end of this process, how do we ultimately do or develop the airport so that it does meet the future needs of the community," said Fort Wayne International Airport executive director Tory Richardson.

The next public meeting will not take place until the fall.

Meanwhile, if you want to read up on the Airport Master Plan, visit the Airport Master Plan link in the related content section of this story.

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