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Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport Logo.svg
Indianapolis International Airport (16164994946).jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Indianapolis Airport Authority
Serves Indianapolis, Indiana
Location 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hub for FedEx Express
Elevation AMSL 797 ft / 243 m
Coordinates 39°43′02″N 086°17′40″W / 39.71722°N 86.29444°W / 39.71722; -86.29444Coordinates: 39°43′02″N 086°17′40″W / 39.71722°N 86.29444°W / 39.71722; -86.29444
Indianapolis International Airport is located in Indianapolis
Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport is located in the US
Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5L/23R 11,200 3,414 Concrete
5R/23L 10,000 3,048 Concrete
14/32 7,278 2,218 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 162,211 [1]
Passengers (2016[1]) 8,511,959
Air Cargo (metric tons) (2016) 1,065,114[1]
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.[2] 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 attacks in 2001.[3] The airport is also home to a FedEx Express hub, the company's second-largest after the SuperHub at Memphis International Airport. Opened in 1988, the hub has been expanded three times.[4]


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.[citation needed]

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.[5]

From 1957 to 2008, the passenger terminal was on the east side of the airfield off High School Road. This now-demolished 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.[citation needed]

The April 1957 OAG shows 82 weekday departures: 24 Eastern, 22 TWA, 15 Delta, 11 American, 9 Lake Central and 1 Ozark. Eastern had a nonstop to Atlanta and one to Birmingham and TWA had two to LaGuardia; 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.[citation needed]

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, USAir (later 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.[citation needed]

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.[6]

ATA's demise gave Northwest Airlines an opportunity to expand operations, making Indianapolis a focus city with mainline flights to the West Coast, East Coast, and the South. (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.[7][8]

Also in 1994, United Airlines finished building Indianapolis Maintenance Center,[9] at a cost of USD $600 million.[10] United later moved their maintenance operations to its sole maintenance hub located at San Francisco International Airport. Around 2006, runway 32 was shortened from 7604 feet to its present length because the south end was not visible from the new control tower. [11]

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

Colonel Harvey Weir Cook Terminal[edit]

Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal (Front View during construction)
Civic Plaza

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.[3] Thornton Tomasetti was the terminal's structural engineer along with Fink, Roberts and Petrie.[12] Syska Hennessy was the mechanical, electrical, & plumbing engineer.[12]

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; these passengers used to disembark in 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.[13]

The airport's master plan calls for a fourth (third parallel) runway to be built southeast of I-70 sometime in the future.[14] 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 Expressway (which was built as the Airport Expressway)[15] and High School Road. Provision has been made for future Light Rail Transit (LRT) access to the Weir Cook terminal complex.[16][not in citation given]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Refs
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson [17]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [18]
Allegiant Air Austin, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Phoenix/Mesa (begins November 17, 2017), Savannah
American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [20]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National [20]
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, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Miami, Salt Lake City (begins August 26, 2017)
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa (begins November 12, 2017)
Seasonal: Fort Myers
OneJet Pittsburgh [23]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Hobby, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Tampa, Washington–National
Seasonal: New Orleans, San Diego
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, San Francisco
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles [25]
Vacation Express
operated by Swift Air
Seasonal charter: Punta Cana [26]
Vacation Express
operated by Volaris
Seasonal charter: Cancún [26]
Virgin America San Francisco (begins September 26, 2017) [27]


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, Luxembourg
DHL Aviation
operated by Kalitta Air
FedEx Express Allentown, Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Burbank, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Rickenbacker, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, 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, Oakland, Omaha, Ontario, Ottawa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Buffalo, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Erie, Parkersburg, Rochester (MN), Sioux Falls, South Bend


FAA Control Tower
Walkway from the terminal to the parking garage with motion-activated lights
All Nonstop Destinations from IND. As of June 2017.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from IND (Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)[28]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 513,000 Delta, Southwest
2 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 307,000 American, United
3 Denver, Colorado 299,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 202,000 American
5 Orlando, Florida 197,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest
6 Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 190,000 American
7 New York–LaGuardia, NY 170,000 American, Delta, Southwest
8 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 160,000 Delta
9 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, AZ 157,000 American, Southwest
10 Washington–National, D.C. 149,000 American, Southwest

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned), 1996 - 2016[29][30][31]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
1996 7,069,039 2006 8,085,394 2016 8,511,959
1997 7,171,845 2007 8,272,289
1998 7,292,132 2008 8,151,488
1999 7,463,536 2009 7,465,719
2000 7,722,191 2010 7,526,414
2001 7,238,744 2011 7,478,835
2002 6,896,418 2012 7,333,733
2003 7,361,060 2013 7,217,051
2004 8,025,051 2014 7,363,632
2005 8,524,442 2015 7,998,086

IND Concourse Information[edit]

IND has one terminal and two concourses. Concourse A and B.[32]

Airline Concourse
Air Canada Express
Alaska Airlines
Allegiant Air
American Airlines
American Eagle
Delta Air Lines
Delta Connection
Frontier Airlines
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
United Express
Vacation Express
operated by Swift Air
Vacation Express
operated by Volaris
Virgin America

Based aircraft[edit]

In 2015, 49 aircraft were based at the airport, including 6 single-engine aircraft, 12 multi-engine aircraft, 24 jets and 7 helicopters.[33]

Ground transportation[edit]

Rental Cars[edit]

Rental Car companies offer on-site pickup options at the Ground Transportation Center, located on the first floor of the Terminal Garage.[34]


Several shuttles operate the Green Line Downtown/Airport Express daily.[35] The terminal was built with a Light Rail System in mind that in the future it could serve this airport.

Go Express Travel and other local companies also operate less frequent shuttles between the Indianapolis Airport and other cities in central Indiana, namely Bloomington and Lafayette/West Lafayette.[36]

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.[37]

Rideshare Services[edit]

Uber and Lyft are allowed to operate at Indianapolis International Airport, for Uber and Lyft pick ups at the Airport, you must meet your driver in the Ground Transportation Center at Zone A RideShare Pick up Zone

Uber Available Platforms: UberX, UberXL, UberSelect, UberLUX, UberLUX XL

Lyft Available Platforms: Regular Lyft, Lyft Plus


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.[38]


Limousine shuttle service between Indianapolis International Airport and several cities in central Indiana, namely Bloomington, Muncie, Anderson, and Lafayette.

Airport management[edit]

The Indianapolis International Airport is owned and operated by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), a municipal corporation established in 1962. The IAA operates five other airports in the area: Indianapolis Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport–Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, and Indianapolis Regional Airport.[39] The IAA board leadership is Barbara Glass serving as President, Steve Dillinger serving as vice president, and Alfred R. Bennett serving as Secretary.[40]

Mario Rodriguez, an award-winning airport industry veteran,[41] became the Executive Director / CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority in June 2014.[42]

Accidents and incidents[edit]



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