Indianapolis International Airport

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Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport Logo.svg
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Aerial view of Indianapolis International Airport (2014)

WMO: 72438

IND is located in Indianapolis
Location of the Airport in Indianapolis
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Indianapolis Airport Authority
Serves Indianapolis, Indiana
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 797 ft / 243 m
Coordinates 39°43′02″N 086°17′40″W / 39.71722°N 86.29444°W / 39.71722; -86.29444
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5L/23R 11,200 3,414 Concrete
5R/23L 10,000 3,048 Concrete
14/32 7,605 2,318 Asphalt
Statistics (2013, 2014)
Aircraft operations (2013) 153,382
Passengers (2014) 7,363,632
Air Cargo (metric tonnes) (2014) 999,149
Area (acres) (2014) 7,700

Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: INDICAO: KINDFAA LID: IND) is a public airport seven miles (11 km) southwest of downtown Indianapolis, in Marion County, Indiana, United States.[1] It is owned and operated by the Indianapolis Airport Authority. The airport is the largest in Indiana, occupying about 7,700 acres (3,116 ha) in Wayne and Decatur townships of Marion County, all within the city of Indianapolis. It is near interstate highways I-65, I-69, I-70 and I-74, all of which connect to the city's I-465 beltway. The passenger terminal was the first designed and built in the United States after the September 11, 2001, attacks.[2]

The airport is also home to a FedEx Express hub, the company's second-largest after the world hub at Memphis International Airport. Opened in 1988, it has been expanded three times.[3]


Indianapolis Municipal Airport opened in 1931. In 1944, it was renamed Weir-Cook Municipal Airport, after US Army Air Forces Col. Harvey Weir-Cook of Wilkinson, Indiana, who became a flying ace during World War I with seven victories and who died flying a P-39 over New Caledonia in World War II.

Since 1962, the airport has been owned and operated by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), an eight-member board with members appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis and other officials from Marion, Hendricks and Hamilton counties in central Indiana. In 1976, the board renamed the airport Indianapolis International Airport.

In 2008, the board named the new main passenger facility the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal and the new entrance road Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive.[4]

From 1957 to 2008, the passenger terminal was on the east side of the airfield off High School Road. This now-closed facility was renovated and expanded many times, notably in 1968 (Concourses A & B), 1972 (Concourse D) and 1987 (Concourse C and the attached Parking Garage). This complex, along with the International Arrivals Terminal (opened in 1976) on the north side of the airfield (off Pierson Drive), was replaced by the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal on November 12, 2008.

The April 1957 OAG shows 82 weekday departures: 24 Eastern, 22 TWA, 15 Delta, 11 American, 9 Lake Central and one Ozark. Eastern had a nonstop to Atlanta and one to Birmingham and TWA had two to La Guardia; no other nonstops reached beyond Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Louisville and Pittsburgh. (Westward nonstops didn't reach beyond St. Louis until 1967; TWA started a JFK-IND-LAX 707 that year.) The first jets were TWA 880s in 1961.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, USAir (now US Airways) had a secondary hub in Indianapolis with non-stop jets to the West Coast, East Coast and Florida and turboprop flights to cities around the Midwest. USAir peaked at 146 daily departures (including its prop affiliates), with 49% of all seats. USAir ended the hub in the late 1990s.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Indianapolis was a hub for then locally based ATA Airlines and its regional affiliate, Chicago Express/ATA Connection. After that airline entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2004 operations at IND were cut, then eliminated in 2006.[5]

ATA's demise gave Northwest Airlines an opportunity to expand operations, making Indianapolis a focus city. (Northwest became a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines in late 2008.)

In 1994, BAA was awarded a 10-year contract to manage the Indianapolis International Airport. The contract was extended three years but was later cut a year short at the request of the BAA. Private management ended on December 31, 2007 and control reverted to IAA.[6][7]

Also in 1994, United Airlines finished building Indianapolis Maintenance Center,[8] at a cost of $USD 600 million.[9] United later moved their maintenance operations to its sole maintenance hub located at San Francisco International Airport.

In 2009, Republic Airways announced it would retain their maintenance hub and headquarters in Indianapolis after acquiring the much larger Frontier Airlines in Denver.

Indianapolis is currently being considered (along with other cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Nashville, and St. Louis) for new service to London-Heathrow either on British Airways with a Boeing 787-8 or American Airlines' 757. This is likely due to the success British Airways has seen in its London-Austin service, which demonstrated the ability for mid-size U.S. markets to sustain nonstop service to Europe with the Boeing 787 after the economic downturn in 2008-2009, and with decreasing fuel prices.

Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal[edit]

Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal (Front View during construction)
Civic Plaza
FAA control tower
Walkway from the terminal to the parking garage with motion-activated lights

A new 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) midfield passenger terminal, which cost $1.1 billion, opened in 2008 between the airport's two parallel runways, southwest of the previous terminal and the crosswind runway. A new FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) building, second tallest in the United States, opened in April 2006, the first component of the long-planned midfield complex. The Weir Cook Terminal itself opened for arriving flights on the evening of November 11, 2008, and for departures the following morning. HOK was its master designer, with AeroDesign Group (a joint venture among CSO Architects, SchenkelShultz Architecture and ARCHonsortium) serving as architect of record. Aviation Capital Management (Indianapolis), a subsidiary of BSA LifeStructures, is the airport's program manager. Hunt/Smoot Midfield Builders, a joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Smoot Construction was the construction manager.[2] Thornton Tomasetti was the terminal's structural engineer along with Fink, Roberts and Petrie.[10] Syska Hennessy was the mechanical, electrical, & plumbing engineer.[10]

The new terminal, named in honor of Col. Harvey Weir-Cook, has room for 44 domestic gates and 2 international gates (which can also function as domestic gates). Not all gate positions were used upon opening of the facility, to allow for future expansion by the airlines. The two gate concourse structures were built to allow for future expansion on their southwestern ends (which is why gates A1-A2 and B1-B2 do not yet exist).

The new terminal allows international arrivals to go through customs in the main passenger terminal; previously such passengers debarked at a separate building. Passengers arriving at gates A4 and A5 go to the U.S. Customs and Federal Inspection Station on the arrivals level via a dedicated and secured stairway, escalator, or elevator. After clearing customs, they exit into the south end of the main terminal's domestic baggage claim area.

The A concourse has a Delta Sky Club, the first airline lounge at Indianapolis International Airport since US Air closed its hub. The lounge opened on November 15, 2010.

Eight rental car operations and the Ground Transportation Center (where information about limousine, shuttle bus, hotel courtesy vehicles and other transportation services such as IndyGo bus service can be obtained) are located on the first floor of the attached parking garage. All pick-ups and drop-offs of rental vehicles also occur here, eliminating the need for shuttling customers to and from individual companies' remote processing facilities. The five-floor parking garage covers 11 acres (4.5 ha) on each of its levels. It features a light-filled center atrium complete with a piece of suspended artwork and contains moving sidewalks to speed pedestrians into and out of the terminal building itself.[11]

The airport's master plan calls for a fourth (third parallel) runway to be built southeast of I-70 sometime in the future.[12] Between 2002 and 2004 the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) rebuilt a portion of this Interstate highway running through the south end of the airport's property. The realigned freeway allows a future taxiway bridge to the proposed fourth runway to cross overhead and has a new traffic interchange for the midfield terminal complex. This I-70 exit (#68) is now the airport's main entrance, replacing the entrance at Sam Jones (née Airport) Expressway[13] and High School Road. Provision has been made for future Light Rail Transit (LRT) access to the Weir Cook terminal complex.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Express Toronto-Pearson A
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Orlando-Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, New Orleans
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles B
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Miami, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia (begins January 5, 2016) B
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Cancún, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Miami, Nassau, Orlando-International, Tampa
Frontier Airlines Denver, Orlando-International (begins October 25, 2015)
Seasonal: Atlanta, Fort Myers (begins January 5, 2016)
operated by Pentastar Aviation
Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh B
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago-Midway (resumes January 6, 2016), Dallas-Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Hobby, Kansas City, Las Vegas, New York-LaGuardia (begins November 1, 2015),[15] Los Angeles, Orlando-International, Phoenix, Tampa, Washington-National B
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, San Francisco A
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles A
US Airways
operated by American Airlines1
Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington-National B
US Airways Express2 Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-National B
Vacation Express
operated by Volaris
Seasonal: Cancún A

^1 All US Airways flights will be rebranded as American Airlines effective October 17, 2015.

^2 All US Airways Express flights will be rebranded as American Eagle flights effective October 17, 2015.


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles, Luxembourg
FedEx Express Allentown, Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Burbank, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville (SC), Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston-Intercontinental, Kansas City, Knoxville, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal-Mirabel, Nashville, New York-JFK, Newark, Newburgh, Norfolk, Oakland, Omaha, Ontario (CA), Ottawa, Paris‑Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis, Toronto-Pearson, Washington-Dulles
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Columbus (OH), Erie, Louisville, Parkersburg, Sioux Falls, Smyrna (TN), South Bend
Kalitta Air Anchorage


Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from IND (July 2014 – June 2015)[16]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 514,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest
2 Chicago, IL (ORD) 319,000 American, United
3 Denver, CO 246,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
4 Charlotte, NC 239,000 US Airways
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX 198,000 American
6 Phoenix, AZ 174,000 Southwest, US Airways
7 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 157,000 Delta
8 Orlando, FL 147,000 Delta, Southwest
9 Detroit, MI 145,000 Delta
10 Las Vegas, NV 132,000 Allegiant, Southwest

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Indianapolis Airport, 1996 thru 2014[17][18]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
1996 7,069,039 2006 8,085,394 2016
1997 7,171,845 2007 8,272,289 2017
1998 7,292,132 2008 8,151,488 2018
1999 7,463,536 2009 7,465,719 2019
2000 7,722,191 2010 7,526,414 2020
2001 7,238,744 2011 7,478,835 2021
2002 6,896,418 2012 7,333,733 2022
2003 7,361,060 2013 7,217,051 2023
2004 8,025,051 2014 7,363,632 2024
2005 8,524,442 2015 2025

Based aircraft[edit]

As of 2013, 61 aircraft are based at the airport, including 11 single-engine aircraft, 18 multiengine aircraft, 32 jets, three helicopters and one military aircraft. In 2005, there were about 80 aircraft based at the airport.[19]

Ground transportation[edit]


GO Express Travel operates the Green Line Downtown/Airport Express daily from 8am to 11pm with shuttle service picking up passengers every 30 minutes. The express service costs $10 per passenger one-way.[20] The boarding/debarking point for this service at the airport is located at the northwest end of the Ground Transportation Center, which is found on level 1 of the parking garage. The terminal was built with a Light Rail System in mind that in the future it could serve this airport.

During the annual running of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 auto races, the Indianapolis Airport serves as one of several staging points around the Indianapolis area for shuttle buses that transport race fans to and from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[21]


IndyGo's Route 8 also connects the airport with downtown Indianapolis. Unlike the Green Line Express, Route 8 bus is a slower and cheaper bus route that makes frequent stops along Washington Street. The fare for Route 8 is currently $1.75 for single ride, same as other IndyGo buses.[22]


Lafayette Limo, Bloomington Shuttle Service and Star of America, operate regular (every two hours) shuttle service between Indianapolis International Airport and several cities in central Indiana, namely Bloomington, Muncie, Anderson, and Lafayette.[23][24][25]

Airport management[edit]

The Indianapolis International Airport is owned and operated by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), a municipal corporation established in 1962.[26] The IAA operates five other airports in the area, including the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport–Gordon Graham Field, Metropolitan Airport and Indianapolis Regional Airport. The IAA board leadership is Michael Wells serving as President, Kelly Flynn serving as vice president and Alfred R. Bennett serving as Secretary.

Mario Rodriguez, an award winning airport industry veteran,[27] became the executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority in June 2014.[28]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On September 9, 1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 on a BostonBaltimoreCincinnatiIndianapolisSt. Louis route, collided in midair with a Piper Cherokee during its descent over Fairland, Indiana in Shelby County. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 crashed into a cornfield near London, Indiana, killing all 78 passengers and 4 crew members on board. The student pilot who was flying the Cherokee was also killed.

On October 20, 1987, a United States Air Force A-7D Corsair II crashed into a Ramada Inn near the airport after the pilot was forced to eject due to an engine malfunction. Ten people were killed, nine of them hotel employees.[29]

On October 31, 1994, American Eagle Flight 4184, which was flying from Indianapolis to O'Hare International Airport, crashed into a soybean field near the northwestern Indiana town of Roselawn, killing all 68 on board.

On June 27, 2014, a small aircraft crashed at the field after the single-engine aircraft lost power. One injury resulted from the crash.



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