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IND on Track for Record Passenger Count

4.6 million passengers in first half of 2018 represents gain of 300,000 over first six months of last year

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis International Airport is on pace to break last year’s record number of passengers.

4.6 million passengers flew in and out of Indy in the first half of the year. That's a 7% increase over 2017, when the airport set a record with nearly nine-million passengers for the full year.

Executive director Mario Rodriguez credits a strong Indiana economy, especially a growing tech sector which has increased business travel to and from the West Coast. And he says the addition of a nonstop flight to Paris has been a significant boost. That flight didn't even begin operating until late May, and Rodriguez acknowledges it doesn't contribute much to the overall numbers. But he says the "optics" of the Paris flight have been huge for the airport, establishing it as a true international airport with its first transatlantic flight. 

The airport is also losing some flights, with Alaska and Southwest Airlines announcing they'll discontinue service to San Francisco, Boston and Newark over the next five months. Rodriguez notes all those routes are still covered by other airlines. He says those flights began as attempts to get a piece of markets first staked out by other airlines, only to find competitors continuing their domination of those routes.

Southwest is Indy's biggest carrier, with about a third of all passengers. Southwest, Delta and American combine for three-quarters of Indy's passengers.

Indianapolis International Airport (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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