Indy Adds Nonstop Flights to Austin As State Targets European Market
Austin, Texas, is the latest nonstop destination for air travelers from Indianapolis.
Allegiant will offer direct flights to Austin on Mondays and Fridays. The Texas capital becomes the 46th city with direct service from Indy. Airport Authority executive director Mario Rodriguez says the airport hasn't had that many nonstop destinations since Indianapolis-based airline ATA went out of business nine years ago.
Indiana Economic Development Corporation vice president Eric Shields says Austin's tech industry made it the next top priority after successful the last few years to link Indiana to the West Coast. Indy now has direct flights to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
The new state budget includes money to help lure direct flights to other Indiana airports like Fort Wayne and Evansville, and flights from Indy to Europe. London is considered the top target, but Shields says Frankfurt and Tokyo are also on the state's radar.
The airport says Austin was Indy's most popular destination without direct service. That distinction now falls to Portland, Oregon, followed by San Antonio; Orange County and Sacramento, California; and Hartford, Connecticut.
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