Purdue University Announces Restart of Commercial Air Travel to O’Hare International Airport in 2024, Terminal Likely to be Named After Amelia Earhart

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Partnership restarts commercial air travel between Purdue, O’Hare

  • Commercial flights between West Lafayette and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will resume in 2024, after being dormant for two decades.
  • The terminal connecting Greater Lafayette to Chicago is likely to be named after famed aviator Amelia Earhart, who was a Purdue faculty member and flew in and out of West Lafayette in the 1930s.
  • The approximately 8,000-square-foot terminal will be located west of the existing location and has received approval from the Earhart family to be named after the aviation pioneer.
  • The initiative to restart commercial air travel is part of the “Purdue Flies” initiative, which also includes the expansion of Discovery Park District and aims to create jobs and expand prosperity in Greater Lafayette.
  • Partnership restarts commercial air travel between Purdue, O’Hare

    Purdue University has announced the resumption of commercial flights between West Lafayette and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 2024, after a hiatus of two decades. The agreement between Purdue, Surf Air Mobility, and Southern Airways Express has been approved, with the terminal likely to be named after aviator Amelia Earhart.

    The Legacy of Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was a Purdue faculty member and had a significant connection to the West Lafayette airport. The decision to name the terminal after her reflects her pioneering spirit and contributions to aviation.

    Impact on Greater Lafayette

    The restart of commercial air travel and the “Purdue Flies” initiative are expected to create jobs and expand prosperity in Greater Lafayette. The initiative also includes the expansion of Discovery Park District and aims to provide educational and career opportunities for students in the aviation technology and aerospace engineering programs.

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