Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority officials cut the ribbon on a new terminal building at Smith Field Airport on Monday.
The new terminal, at 902 W. Ludwig Road, features significant enhancements aimed at improving the customer experience at the general aviation airport.
The new terminal features a convenient customer service counter just inside the airfield entrance, a multipurpose room for meetings and trainings seminars, new office space and 24-hour restrooms.
Outside amenities include a patio area with front-row seats to the airfield and a new aircraft fueling area. The fueling area is equipped with new pumps and digital LED displays, making the equipment easier to use for pilots and other airport customers. The fuel tanks are also now above ground, making it easier for staff to perform inspections and maintenance.
The new terminal is the former Ivy Tech Community College building, which was home to the college’s Airframe and Powerplant program, which quickly outgrew the facility and is now housed on Cook Road. Classes began there last fall.
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