News release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
FWA gains national media attention
(September 17, 2014) – The New York Times and The Street are taking note of the growth of domestic flights to and from Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), as a result of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s national public relations campaign.
Yesterday, The New York Times reported the growth at FWA and attributed this to a well-financed partnership with regional economic interests and the high rate of business fliers — 75 percent.
“The new flights we’ve been able to attract have been the result of strong support from leaders in the region,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “The airlines are taking note of this and have responded by adding new routes and additional flights from FWA.”
Earlier this month, The Street published an article about new daily services from FWA to Charlotte, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and how FWA is one of the lucky airports gaining new services from the American and US Airways merger. Both flights will begin October 2.
One group that has led support for expanded routes from FWA is the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC). The ROC, which is comprised of over 100 regional leaders, oversees the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Vision 2020 initiative. Air service is one of seven Vision 2020 priorities identified by the ROC.
Funds approved by the ROC were the first private investments made to a support a revenue guarantee program that helped attract the new flights from FWA.
“The new routes at Fort Wayne International Airport have been years in the making. They are proof of the incredible results that take place when we work together as a region,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Regional Partnership. “While we celebrate these accomplishes within the region, it’s also important that we market Northeast Indiana’s successes to the world.”
The New Times is read by 18.3 million people in print and online. The Street has more than 5.3 million unique monthly visitors.
About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field. Since FWACAA’s inception, Fort Wayne International Airport has undergone an aggressive improvement plan which included expansion of the terminal and parking areas, upgrades to the runways, and the creation of an Air Trade Center and Foreign Trade Zone to promote economic development in Northeast Indiana. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. The Authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by both the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.
About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.