Airports Preparing for Influx of Super Bowl Visitors
(photo courtesy of Indianapolis International Airport)
The big game doesn't take place for more than a month, but Indianapolis has long been getting ready for the influx of a few hundred thousand people the week of the Super Bowl. Also getting ready to handle increase in traffic are airports, not only in Indy, but also in other parts of the state.
Carlo Bertolini with the Indianapolis Airport Authority says 16,000 seats are already scheduled for the Monday after the Super Bowl, which is expected to be the busiest travel day around the big game. That's at least three-thousand more seats than on a typical Monday, and Bertolini says the number could grow as more people make travel plans between now and Super Bowl Sunday.
South of Indy, the home county of Indiana University hopes to make some extra cash off Super Bowl traffic. The Herald-Times of Bloomington reports the Monroe County Board of Aviation Commissioners is charging a 75-dollar landing fee to planes arriving on Super Bowl Sunday. The Board also will charge a 75-dollar a day parking fee to planes parked at the Monroe County Airport between February 2nd and February 6th.
In West Lafayette, more than an hour from the Super Bowl site, WLFI-dot-com reports their airport is also expecting additional planes, and the crowd there is expected to be larger than the typical Purdue football game.
There is, however, an apparent limit on the sprawl of Super traffic. Scott Hinderman with the Fort Wayne Allen County Airport Authority says his airport two hours from Indy probably won't see much Big Game traffic, though he says they will be ready in case any flights need to be diverted to Fort Wayne should bad weather hit.