Air travel at Fort Wayne International Airport was up by about 4.5 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago and more than 11 percent higher than August 2011, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority members heard Monday.
For January through August this year, overall air travel increased 3.2 percent compared with the same period last year and is nearly 5 percent higher than those months in 2011, said Jessica Miller air service and community relations manager.
Total departing passengers also increased nearly 7.5 percent in August, jumping from 25,310 to 27,204 passengers this year.
For the year, departing passengers have increased by more than 6,000, jumping from 189,394 last year to 195,911 this year, Miller said.
In other airport business, board members approved keeping CHA Consulting Inc. formerly RW Armstrong as its engineering firm for all federally funded projects.
CHA was the best of six bids, said Craig Williams, director of airport operations and facilities.
The one-year contract was structured with four additional one-year renewals, pending board approval, Williams said.
Board president Michael Gouloff said the Indianapolis-based firm works well with airport staff.
None of the other bidders were strong enough to unseat them, said Gouloff, who sat on the selection committee.
Engineering and design costs will vary based on the number of active projects at the airport, Williams said.
This year, there was one federally funded project the west access road, he said.
The airport accrued about $300,000 in design fees for the $3.6 million road project, Williams said.