Indianapolis Airport Authority
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Second Quarter 2012   


INDVision welcomes Vision Airlines, non-stop service to Myrtle Beach

Indianapolis-area travelers now have access to another great vacation destination with the launch of IND's newest airline Vision Airlines, which started non-stop service between IND and Myrtle Beach (MYR) on June 1. Vision's service marks the first time the cities have been linked together by non-stop service. To help celebrate the new service, a photo contest  is being held offering roundtrip travel on Vision Airlines to the winners of two categories from the 2012 Capitol City Ford Indianapolis Air Show. Check IND's Facebook page for details on how to vote for the winner (through July 22). 

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Service plaza to offer multiple convenience amenities at entrance to IND

The Indianapolis Airport Authority has reached a land-and-concession agreement with Airport Plazas Indianapolis, LLC (Airport Plazas) for the opening of a multi-function service plaza at the entrance to the airport, on the south side of Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive. The much-anticipated service plaza will offer a convenience store, car wash, auto service bay, fast food restaurants, and a new airport cell phone parking lot. In addition to gasoline, it will offer a green fuel option.

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Moody's improves IAA's credit outlook

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the A1 credit rating of the Indianapolis Airport Authority and raised its outlook to stable from negative based on the IAA's strong financial and market position, cargo operations, and diverse carrier mix. An investment-grade credit rating at the A1 level is above average in the airport industry, as soft travel demand, airline mergers and weak economic data have led to downgrades of several airport systems throughout the country over the past 18 months.

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IND hosts Kenyan delegation in reverse trade mission

In May, IND hosted a delegation of Kenyan airport officials visiting the United States during a reverse trade mission. The group toured facilities including the Midfield Terminal, the Airport Operations Center, the Airline Services Building, and the site of the airport solar farm, which will begin development this year. IAA personnel advised the delegation on best practices developed during the planning and construction of one of the first new terminals to be designed and opened in the post 9/11 security environment. They also focused on the airport's advanced sustainability initiatives.

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IAA enrolls mobile devices in A Child is Missing alert program

As part of its ongoing commitment to community engagement, the Indianapolis Airport Authority has enrolled in A Child is Missing's (ACIM) alert program. As a result, nearly 100 IAA employees with IAA cell phones or other mobile devices could have the opportunity to assist their neighbors near the Indianapolis International Airport should ACIM report a person missing in the area. The ACIM alert program leverages a network of subscribers in an effort to ensure the early safe recovery of a missing child, college student, elderly person, or person with a disability. Upon request by law enforcement, ACIM sends alerts containing details of a missing person to subscribers in the area where the person was last seen.

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IND celebrates LEED® green building certification

In May, Indianapolis Airport Authority employees and board members were joined by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airports Division Manager - Great Lakes Region Sue Schalk for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of IND's Midfield Terminal complex. IND is the only airport to win LEED certification for an entire terminal campus. The Midfield Terminal campus, at more than 1.2 million square feet, is among the largest projects to be awarded LEED certification.

LEED is a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. It is managed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Corey Wilson elected to Airport Minority Advisory Council board

The Indianapolis Airport Authority congratulates Corey Wilson, director of supplier diversity, for winning a seat on the board of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). Wilson won an at-large seat during the organization's national elections, held June 6-8. AMAC is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-, women-, and disadvantaged-owned business enterprises in airport contracting and the inclusion of minority and women employment.

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IND unveils official Walking Paths

In May, the Indianapolis Airport Authority unveiled three official American Heart Association Walking Paths at IND, giving travelers, visitors and IND-based employees a new opportunity to improve their heart health while at the terminal. The event coincided with the American Heart Association's National Walking Day, a callout to all Americans to make regular exercise part of their lives, and enhancements to the IAA's Wellness Program.

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