The executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority says Indy will soon have more nonstop flights than at any time in the last 10 years. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Mario Rodriguez said two new nonstop flights will be announced in the coming weeks, bringing the total to 43, with the likelihood that two additional nonstop destinations will be added in early 2016.
“The perception is not reality anymore,” said Rodriguez. “There are more direct destinations at the airport than in the last decade.”
“We’ve created a group to collaborate to bring more air service,” said Rodriguez, who identified the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Visit Indy, Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce and state and local leaders as participants in the effort. “It’s our community saying we can support this air service, that’s why the air service is here.”
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The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Airports Council International’s annual Airport Service Quality awards. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus. LEED is a green-building award for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. IND has won additional recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.
IND generates an annual economic impact in Central Indiana of more than $4.5 billion without relying on state or local taxes to fund its operations. About 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year and averages 140 daily flights, seasonally and year-round, to 41 nonstop destinations. Home of the world’s second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation’s eighth largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service.