About La Porte Municipal Airport

Airport History

The Beginning

We begin our airport history with the beginning of aviation when the Wright Brothers make their famous flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Monoplane Designed

Local LaPorte resident, Elmer Burlingame, designs monoplane.

First Plane Owner in La Porte

A JN-4D Curtis by-plane, owned by Frank Kemp, lands in LaPorte. Frank Kemp becomes first citizen of LaPorte County to own a plane.

Flying field receives recognition in LaPorte County three miles east of current airport.

Owner of the field, C. Nelson, presents flying circus, balloon ascension, military band, military air show, wing-walker handcuffed to the plane and an aviation artist who performed on a rope ladder.

First Airfield

Gerry Demunck becomes manager of the first airfield, located on the Ridgeway Farm just south of LaPorte. The field is home to Gerry’s Flight School and charter business

United Airlines Landing

Due to winds of gale proportions, United Airlines is forced to land at LaPorte Air Field.

Airport Field Funding

The LaPorte Chamber of Commerce appeals to the City for funding of the airport field. After the City’s four-year lease expired, the airport prevailed and the City provided the needed funds.

Extra Security

The Civil Aviation Authority requires that LaPorte Airport provide increased security, a 24-hour armed guard, and a daytime clearance officer.

La Porte Airport, Development

City of LaPorte takes over ownership of airport, with increased development of land and building structures. First two hangars are constructed.

T-Hangars

The City executes its first federal grant agreement to pave the runway, which was then 2,500 feet by 60 feet. In that same year, the City entered into a leaseback transaction with contractor Don Hastings for the construction of two T-hangars, which would house a total of seventeen aircraft. Those T-hangars still stand today.

Further Expansion

Grant from Indiana Aeronautics Commission and loan from the Department of Commerce to purchase 50 acres on south side of airport.

Further Expansion

LaPorte closes country road and obtains federal master planning agreement. The runway is lengthened to the south for a total distance of 3,300 feet.

Further Expansion

Received grant from Federal Aviation Administration to purchase 80 acres on north side of airport.

Runway Lengthened

Runway is lengthened again by 1,100 feet, bringing the total to 4,400 feet.

New Terminal Building is Constructed
LaPorte’s City Council Adopts an Ordinance Creating an Airport Authority.
A Full Parallel Taxiway is Installed on the Primary Runway.
New Developments

The runway is widened to 75 feet, new runway lights are installed and the City of LaPorte authorizes a $1.2 million bond for airport projects. Among the main accomplishments with the bond proceeds are the construction of a new T-hangar on the west side of the field, the renovation of one of the original hangars on the east side of the field, modernizing the terminal building and the construction and paving of a new cross-wind runway.

Runway 2/20 is extended to a total distance of 5,000 feet.
Expansion of ramp area near terminal building.
Construction of a new 100 x 100 private corporate hangar.
Airfield lighting improvements installed, including lighting of taxiways and runway 14/32, and installation of a new PAPI on runway 14/32.
First Aviation Camp Held.
Purchase 35 acres north of airport property.
A 24/7 credit card self-serve fuel pump installed
Water and sewer lines are extended and connected to the terminal building.
Airports hosts “Community Aviation Day” with General Dan Cherry, Vietnam Phantom F-4 pilot as the guest speaker
Lunch on the Fly begins
Arconic Foundation (now Howmet) purchases an FAA certified Flight Simulator for the airport to use during Aviation Camp and other STEM events
Apron is improved by removal of all asphalt and replacement with concrete

Fuel Pricing

  • 100LL FS $3.85
  • 100LL SS $3.70
  • Jet-A $3.28
  • Jet-A 300 gals+ $3.03
  • 90REC $3.35