Fort Wayne Airport Car Rental

Fort Wayne International Airport Background…

The airport was first built by the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 as part of a defense initiative that saw to the construction of two hundred and fifty airports in the United States due to World War II. The airport cost ten million dollars to build at the time and was named Baer Army Air Field. In 1946, after the war, the City of Fort Wayne purchased the airport from the United States government for one dollar and immediately renamed it Fort Wayne Municipal Airport.

The airport saw numerous expansions, additions and renovations over the decades. In 1985 control of the airport was handed over to the newly created Fort Wayne/Allen County Airport Authority. Six years later, in 1991, the airport was renamed Fort Wayne International Airport. Over that last couple of decades the airport has seen the largest expansion effort it has ever witnessed, the cost of which is well into eight figures. Today the airport serves about six hundred thousand people each year.


Fort Wayne Airport Parking Map

Fort Wayne International Airport Car Rentals…

All eight major national car rental agencies are available on-site each and every day. They can be located near the baggage claim area in the main terminal. If you’re having a hard time finding the counters, take a look at a nearby directory or ask an employee for directions. The eight companies you have to choose from are Avis, Budget, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Once you’ve filled out all the proper rental agreements you will be directed to the parking space location of your rental vehicle.

All rental lots are located within walking distance of the baggage claim terminal.  In fact, they may be found right next to the terminal itself.  Simply walk out of the front of the terminal and turn to your right.  Stay on the same side of the road and you will find the vehicles situated right there.  See the map above for detailsEasy as pie.

Fort Wayne Airport to Fort Wayne Directions…

No matter which direction you turn onto Air St, you’re going to end up at a dead end fork onto W Ferguson Rd. At the fork you should take a right and continue along the road until you can turn left onto Bluffton Rd. You’ll need to continue down Bluffton Rd quite a ways until it ends into Broadway at the Wendy’s across the road. Turn left onto Broadway, after a little ways make a right onto Taylor St, then a right onto Fairfield Ave and eventually a left onto W Creighton Ave. Once you’re on W Creighton Ave you’ll have successfully arrive in downtown Fort Wayne.

Restaurants Near the Airport…

There aren't too many restaurants that we know of, at least not right near the airport.  But up on Bluffton, (5810 Bluffton Rd), there is a pretty well-regarded Chinese restaurant named the China Palace.  It is a little gray-stone building on the left as you’re traveling towards the city.  They have a pretty loyal following among the locals, which means something to me.  The place doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it might be worth a try.


China Palace Restaurant

Fort Wayne Airport Car Rental Return…

Refueling before returning can be a bit tricky. There isn’t much very close to the airport. There is a local gas station on the corner of Bluffton Rd (10317 Bluffton Road is the address) and W Ferguson Rd, but it may not be there anymore by the time you arrive. However, a bit further up Bluffton Rd, just before Lower Huntington Rd, is a Speedway. The farther you go into the city via Bluffton Rd, the more gas stations you’ll run into. Also, on either side of Lower Huntington Rd, there is a Marathon waiting for you. This basically makes taking the interstate to Airport Expressway a very bad idea. I highly suggest you find and use Bluffton to get back, or else finding gasoline could become a real pain.

Other Airport Amenities…

If you’re bored and stuck waiting around the airport, you could lounge around on your phone, go shopping, or eat your troubles away. However, the airport offers something much better than those three options. While you’re at the airport, you might as well check out the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum. It’ll tell you all you could possibly want to know about the early aviators of the area and how aviation was advanced in the area to the point of what it is today. The museum is located on the secure side of the terminal and offers free tours that last up to an hour and a half.

Other Car Rental Options at Fort Wayne International Airport…

All you options are pretty much covered due to the presence of all eight major companies. Whether you’re looking for a truck coop or SUV, Fort Wayne International has it stocked within its rental fleet. All you have to do is figure out which company has what you’re looking for and make reservations accordingly as far in advance as you can. Otherwise you could be stuck in line for quite a while.
 
Source: Fort Wayne Airport

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