Indianapolis International Airport


Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport Logo.svg
Indianapolis International Airport (USGS).jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorIndianapolis Airport Authority
ServesIndianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Location7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana
Opened1931 (91 years ago) (1931)
Hub for
Focus city forAllegiant Air
Elevation AMSL797 ft / 243 m
Coordinates39°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
FAA airport diagram as of January 2021
FAA airport diagram as of January 2021
IND is located in Indianapolis
Location within Indianapolis
IND is located in Indiana
IND (Indiana)
IND is located in the United States
IND (the United States)
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
Statistics (2020)
Total passengers4,104,648
Air Cargo (metric tons)1,116,700
Aircraft operations144,078
Source: Indianapolis International Airport[1]

Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: IND, ICAO: KIND, FAA LID: IND) is an international airport located 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a medium hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

The airport occupies 7,700 acres (3,116 ha) in Wayne and Decatur townships in Marion County and Guilford Township in Hendricks County.[2] IND is home to the second largest FedEx Express hub in the world; only the FedEx SuperHub in Memphis, Tennessee surpasses its cargo traffic. Additionally, because of FedEx's activity, IND ranked as the sixth busiest U.S. airport in terms of air cargo throughput in 2020.[4][5]


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 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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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 was later acquired by Delta Air Lines in late 2008.

In 1994, BAA USA 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.[8][9]

Also in 1994, United Airlines finished building the Indianapolis Maintenance Center,[10] at a cost of US$600 million.[11] United later moved their maintenance operations to its sole maintenance hub located at San Francisco International Airport. Around 2006, runway 14/32 was shortened from 7604 feet to its present length because the south end was not visible from the new control tower.[12]

A new 1.2-million-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, was the airport's program manager. Hunt/Smoot Midfield Builders, a joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Smoot Construction was the construction manager.[13] Thornton Tomasetti was the terminal's structural engineer along with Fink, Roberts and Petrie.[14] Syska Hennessy was the mechanical, electrical, & plumbing engineer.[14]

In August 2017, Allegiant Air announced it would open a $40 million aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport that would begin operations in February of the following year, the facility was to create 66 high-paying jobs by the end of year and house two Airbus aircraft.[15][16]

In September 2017, Delta Air Lines announced it would begin service from Indianapolis to Paris beginning in May 2018. This flight was the first ever non-stop transatlantic passenger flight out of Indianapolis.[17] The flight, DL500, was suspended in March 2020.[18]

In 2018, technology services and consulting company Infosys announced plans to build a U.S. training center at site of the former terminal building. The development will include an education center and residential facility, bringing 3,000 jobs to the area.[19][20][21]



Civic Plaza

The current terminal opened in 2008 and is named in honor of Col. Harvey Weir Cook. It was one of the first designed and built in the U.S. following the September 11 attacks.[22] It 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.

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 USAir closed its hub. The lounge opened on November 15, 2010.

Ground transportation

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.[23]

Airlines and destinations


Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson (resumes May 1, 2022) [24]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [25]
Allegiant Air Austin, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville (FL), Key West, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), Sarasota, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Charleston (SC), Destin/Fort Walton Beach,[26] Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Palm Springs, Savannah
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Cancún, Philadelphia
American Eagle Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Contour Airlines Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh [29]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston (begins April 11, 2022), Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle/Tacoma [30]
Delta Connection Boston (ends April 10, 2022), Detroit (ends June 6, 2022), Minneapolis/St. Paul (ends May 4, 2022), New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia [30]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando
Seasonal: Cancún, Fort Myers
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Cancún, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Hobby, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Tampa
Seasonal: Miami, Myrtle Beach, Panama City (FL), San Diego (resumes June 11, 2022), Sarasota
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa
Seasonal: Pensacola
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando [34]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, San Francisco
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Charleston (SC), Fort Myers, Hilton Head, Orlando, Portland (ME)


Cargolux Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, Luxembourg
FedEx Express Allentown, Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Burbank, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Cologne/Bonn, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, Greenville (SC), Greensboro, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Liège, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal–Mirabel, Nashville, Newburgh (NY), New York–JFK, Newark, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oakland, Omaha, Ontario, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles
FedEx Feeder Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Fargo, Parkersburg, Rochester (MN), Sioux Falls, South Bend


FAA Control Tower
Walkway from the terminal to the parking garage with motion-activated lights

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from IND (November 2020 - October 2021)[36]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 350,000 Delta, Southwest
2 Denver, Colorado 235,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
3 Orlando, Florida 229,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 183,000 American, United
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 181,000 American
6 Charlotte, North Carolina 157,000 American
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 156,000 Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
8 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 146,000 American, Southwest
9 Fort Myers, Florida 129,000 Southwest, Spirit
10 Tampa, Florida 129,000 Southwest, Spirit
Busiest cargo routes from IND (December 2019)[37]
Rank City Cargo (pounds) Carriers
1 Los Angeles, California 6,944,183 Cargolux, FedEx Express
2 Oakland, California 6,717,406 FedEx Express
3 Memphis, Tennessee 6,603,929 FedEx Express
4 Newark, New Jersey 5,786,845 FedEx Express
5 Boston, Massachusetts 4,590,933 FedEx Express
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 3,996,817 FedEx Express
7 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 3,943,765 FedEx Express
8 Denver, Colorado 3,718,289 FedEx Express
9 Anchorage, Alaska 3,592,389 FedEx Express
10 Atlanta, Georgia 3,588,692 FedEx Express

Airline market share

Largest Airlines at IND
(January 2020 - December 2020)
Rank Carrier Percentage
1 Southwest Airlines 30.2%
2 American Airlines 22.0%
3 Delta Air Lines 18.1%
4 United Airlines 11.2%
5 Allegiant Air 8.2%
6 Spirit Airlines 5.0%
7 Frontier Airlines 3.3%
8 Alaska Airlines 1.4%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic at IND
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 2017 8,800,828
1998 7,292,132 2008 8,151,488 2018 9,413,962
1999 7,463,536 2009 7,465,719 2019 9,537,377
2000 7,722,191 2010 7,526,414 2020 4,104,648[41]
2001 7,238,744 2011 7,478,835 2021
2002 6,896,418 2012 7,333,733 2022
2003 7,361,060 2013 7,217,051 2023
2004 8,025,051 2014 7,363,632 2024
2005 8,524,442 2015 7,998,086 2025

Passenger traffic trends

Annual passenger traffic at IND airport. See source Wikidata query.

Accidents and incidents


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  34. ^[bare URL]
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External links

  • Indianapolis International Airport (official site)
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective December 30, 2021
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KIND
    • ASN accident history for IND
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS weather observations: current, past three days
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KIND
    • FAA current IND delay information