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About Us

Toledo Express Airport, your local choice for air travel, provides an easy, fast alternative to larger, less convenient airports. Toledo Express offers nonstop service to Orlando Sanford, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida via Allegiant; and nonstop service to Chicago, Illinois and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as one-stop service to nearly 200 worldwide destinations when connecting through Chicago or Charlotte via American Airlines.

About Eugene F. Kranz

On March 26, 2020, Toledo Express Airport was officially renamed Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport to honor the accomplishments and achievements of Mr. Kranz.

Mr. Kranz was born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 17, 1933, and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. His interest in space flight developed at a young age and was first recognized when he wrote his high school thesis about the potential of flying a single-stage rocket to the moon.

During his 34-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), he contributed many groundbreaking accomplishments that have been crucial to the development of the space program and our growing knowledge in the field of space and aeronautics. He joined NASA in 1960 and was one of the original Project Mercury assistant flight directors. Throughout his career, he was deeply involved in developing the flight control operations for U.S. operated space flights. Most notably, he played a crucial role in the Apollo program and acted as the flight director for the first lunar landing, Apollo 11. He also played a pivotal role in efforts to return the Apollo 13 spacecraft and three astronauts safely to Earth amid an explosion disabling the spacecraft when it was enroute to the Moon in 1970.  After a long, successful career, Mr. Kranz retired from NASA in 1994.

Mr. Kranz has earned many achievements in his lifetime and is not only a staple in the Toledo area community, but he is also a noteworthy and honorable figure to be celebrated statewide and worldwide. Mr. Kranz rightfully earned his place in history as he was one of the handful of individuals responsible for leading some of biggest accomplishments in space. He has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, and has been honored with four Presidential Ranking awards, the highest recognition a U.S. Civil Service employee can receive.

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