FORT WAYNE, IN – This month, Fort Wayne International Airport will be giving out its 2 millionth cookie- the same cookies that helped earn them the reputation as one of the friendliest airports in the Midwest. After 16 years, 85,000 volunteer hours, and enough free cookies to feed a small country, travelers have come to know and love this Midwestern airport for its hospitality and the reassuring, genuine feeling of being welcomed to Indiana.
For many people, airports can be exhausting and stressful. But passengers flying into Fort Wayne’s International Airport enjoy a different experience. As they arrive, travelers are welcomed by a volunteer Hospitality Host, like 88 year old Norma Wilkinson, handed a free local cookie from Fort Wayne’s Ellison Bakery. In addition to the cookie, volunteers can provide a plethora of information about Northeast Indiana. As travelers exit the airport, rather than jet fuel, they breathe in the scent of freshly baked cookies emanating from Ellison Bakery, located just across the street.
Fort Wayne’s airport traffic has been on the rise since 2011, with a 26 percent increase in the number of passengers deplaning at Fort Wayne International Airport. Last year the expenditures of Fort Wayne’s 5.8 million visitors directly sustained over 9,100 jobs in the region and had an economic impact of $71.9 million.
As a result of the increase of travelers, Fort Wayne International Airport will be adding a daily, non-stop United flight to Newark International Airport this September. Not only will this offer customers non-stop service to the New York City area, but also access to hundreds of connections to locations worldwide.