Incentives planned to boost Fort Wayne flights

The city of Fort Wayne is going to kick in up to $600,000 in incentives over two years for an airline to offer daily flights to an East Coast travel hub.

Negotiations are underway with United Airlines and American Airlines for twice-daily flights from Fort Wayne International Airport to either Newark, N.J., or Philadelphia.

Airport Authority director Scott Hinderman said the incentive payments will be reduced if the flights are full.

The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel reported that City Council members approved Tuesday night the city's contribution toward a $2.5 million incentive package. Others directing money to the package include Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Airport Authority and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The Fort Wayne airport now offers nonstop daily flights to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Dallas.

United also reached an agreement late last year to offer nonstop flights between Indianapolis and San Francisco in return for a maximum incentive of $1.5 million from the IEDC.

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