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Growth continues at Indianapolis International Airport

Growth Continues at Indianapolis International Airport

As Indianapolis International Airport continues to rack up awards and recognition as one of North America’s premier airports, it is growing, both inside and outside the eleven-year old terminal.

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — As Indianapolis International Airport continues to rack up awards and recognition as one of North America’s premier airports, it is growing, both inside and outside the 11-year old terminal. The airport Monday was named the Best Airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the sixth consecutive year. The designation comes just weeks after J.D. Power named the airport the best medium-sized airport in North America.

The airport also recently announced passenger traffic for the first six months of 2019 totaled 4.7 million, the highest for the first six months of an year in the airport’s history, putting it on pace to break last year’s record 9.4 million total.  Meantime, construction activity at the terminal and neighboring airport property continues to be robust. “Right now, between FedEx, Infosys and our construction projects and different construction projects on the airfield, we have over $2 billion under construction, which is economic impact, construction IS an economic driver,” said Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez.

In an interview for this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Rodriguez talk about economic impact and the quest for more nonstop flights.

In 2018, the airport reported more than 9.4 million passengers flew through the facility, breaking the previous passenger record of 8.77 million, which was established in 2017. 

But passenger traffic is only part of the growth story at the airport.

Indianapolis is now a top 10 cargo airport, fueled by the rise of e-commerce and continued expansion of FedEx, which operates the world’s second-largest FedEx Express hub in Indy.  The hub employs 4,000 workers and has the capability of sorting nearly 100,000 packages per hour. 

FedEx has announced plans to invest $1.5 billion to expand the operation over seven years.

Indian tech giant Infosys has begun construction on its U.S. Education Center, a training campus on a 70-acre site on property at the former Indianapolis airport terminal. 

Infosys has committed to hiring 3,000 workers in Indianapolis by 2023.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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