Indianapolis International Airport (Guide)

Indianapolis International Airport is an international airport which is located 7 miles (about 11 km) southwest of downtown Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana, United States. The airport is a publicly owned entity run by the Indianapolis Airport Authority. It serves Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. The airport codes are IATA: IND, FAA LID: IND, ICAO: KIND.

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Indianapolis International Airport (Guide)

General Information about the Indianapolis International Airport

Indianapolis International Airport is an international airport which is located 7 miles (about 11 km) southwest of downtown Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana, United States. The airport is a publicly owned entity run by the Indianapolis Airport Authority. It serves Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. The airport codes are IATA: IND, FAA LID: IND, ICAO: KIND.

The Indianapolis airport covers 7,700 acres (3,116 ha) in Decatur and Wayne townships in the Guilford Township in Hendricks County and Marion County. The airport is the hub for FedEx Express and the focus city for Allegiant Air and Contour Airlines.

The capacity of the Airport

In April 1957, OAG Statistics showed 82-weekend departures from IND airport: 24 Eastern, 15 Delta, 22 TWA, 11 American, 1 Ozark, and 9 Lake Central Airlines. In 2017, the IND airport was ranked as the 8thbusiest airport in terms of air cargo in the U.S. The Colonel Harvey Weir Cook Terminal has two concourses with 40 boarding gates, connecting 50 nonstop flights, both international and domestic, with 145 daily departures. In 2018 according to annual passenger traffic at IND, around 9.5 million passengers had been served.

Brief History and Economic impact of Indianapolis Airport

In 1931 Indianapolis Municipal Airport (IND) was opened. Later in 1944, the airport was renamed as Weir Cook Municipal Airport, after US Army Air Forces Col. Harvey Weir Cook from Wilkinson, Indiana. During World War I, Harvey Cook became a flying ace and died flying a P-39 over New Caledonia in World War II. The IND airport has been operated and owned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) since 1962. The board of IAA renamed the airport its current name Indianapolis International Airport in 1976.

In 2008, a midfield passenger terminal was opened as one of the first built in the U.S. and the average cost was $1.1 billion overall. The board of IAA named the new main passenger facility - Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal – as an honor, and the new entrance road is called Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive. From 1957 until 2008, the passenger terminal was located on the east of the airfield off High School Road. This facility was expanded and renovated several times. For instance, in 1968, Concourses A and B, in 1972, Concourse D, and 1987 Concourse C and the Parking Garage. This facility opened in 1976 along with the International Arrivals Terminal on the north of the airfield, which was replaced by the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal in 2008.

Recent Improvement of IND Airport

Allegiant Air in August 2017, announced that it would open 40$ million aircraft based at Indianapolis International Airport. The facility was to create approximately 66 high-paying jobs by the end of 2017 and to host two Airbus aircraft. Later in September 2017, Delta Air Lines announced that it would begin operations from Indianapolis to Paris from the beginning of May 2018. This flight was to be the first non-stop transatlantic passenger flight within the Indianapolis.

A new plan was announced in 2018 by the consulting and technology services company – Infosys. A U.S. training center was planned to build a site of the former terminal building. The facility included a residential facility and an education center, adjoining 3,000 jobs in the area.