U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) on May 10 announced that Fort Wayne International Airport will receive a $9.2 million Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program supplemental grant.

Young urged Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to support funding for this grant and one for Evansville Regional Airport for $8.9 million.

“As the Crossroads of America, it is critical that Indiana’s airports like Evansville Regional and Fort Wayne International continue to make important infrastructure investments,” Young said in a statement. “These two Airport Improvement Program grants will help ensure (that) these Hoosier assets remain vibrant and continue to drive economic development in their respective regions.”

Fort Wayne International Airport is in the midst of a vital apron improvement project to support safe and efficient aviation operations. The $9.2 million AIP grant will support the expedited end of this project while enhancing operational flexibility and improving safety at the facility, according to the release.

On April 30, Young sent a letter to the FAA to support Fort Wayne International Airport’s AIP grant application.

Later this year, architects will be drawing up plans to grow Fort Wayne International Airport’s terminal building 20 percent in a $44 million project.

It was 1996 when 45,000 square feet were added to what was at the time a 77,000-square-foot terminal building south of West Ferguson Road in the facility’s last major expansion.

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