Purdue University will break ground on its new Amelia Earhart Terminal on May 14, marking the return of commercial flight to Purdue University Airport with a ceremonial first flight

Purdue and Surf Air Mobility agreed last December to begin scheduled commuter air service between West Lafayette/Purdue University Airport (LAF) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Service begins on May 15, marking the return of commercial air service for the first time since 2004 to LAF, Indiana’s second-busiest airport in terms of total annual aircraft operations and home to Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.

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Construction on the $11.8m, approximately 9,400 sq ft, terminal building will commence in May, with completion expected in August 2025. To be built directly west of the existing airport terminal, the Amelia Earhart Terminal will include ticketing, passenger screening, baggage claim and a waiting area to comply with Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration requirements. The terminal will be located in the heart of the Purdue Aerospace District, home to industry partners such as Saab and Rolls-Royce.

Round-trip flights from West Lafayette (LAF) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) will offer access to more than240 connecting destinations.

A conceptual rendering of the new Amelia Earhart Terminal
A conceptual rendering of the new Amelia Earhart Terminal Purdue University Airport