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New customer-focused IND parking program offers frequent-parker perks, other amenities
Last month, the Indianapolis Airport Authority announced several customer-focused improvements to its parking products and services, including parkIND Plus, an affinity program that allows customers to earn points when parking at IND. Points are earned in both the Economy Lot and the Terminal Garage, and can be redeemed for free parking. In addition, the program offers access to a dedicated, expedited TSA lane to qualifying members. More information and the enrollment form are at  
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  Delta gives IND passengers more nonstop options to LAX
Beginning August 20, passengers looking for the most convenient way to get to Los Angeles from Indianapolis will have more options. That's when Delta Air Lines will be increasing the frequency of its non-stop route between IND and LAX to daily service. Soon after, Delta will adjust its schedule to accommodate early morning departures to the West Coast. 

Effective Sept. 3, flight 877 will depart IND at 7 a.m. and arrive LAX at 8:27 a.m.

From LAX, flight 2426 will depart at 10:10 a.m. and arrive IND at 5:18 p.m.

Delta has scheduled the routes to operate with Airbus A320 aircraft configured to hold 150 passengers (12 First Class, 15 Economy Comfort, and 120 Economy seats).

Also in August, IND passengers will have a second choice of airlines for nonstop flights to Los Angeles, when American Airlines launches its own daily nonstop service on August 27.

American flight 1335 departs IND at 6:45 p.m. and arrives LAX at 8:15 p.m.

Flight 1334 departs LAX at 10:55 a.m. and arrives IND at 6 p.m.

American Airlines has scheduled the routes to operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured to hold 148 passengers (16 First Class and 132 Coach seats).


Biz Opportunity Fair
IND holds Airport Business Opportunity Fair
In partnership with the City of Indianapolis Department of Minority and Women Business Development, the IAA Department of Supplier Diversity held an Airport Business Opportunity Fair on May 15.

The fair sought to connect competitive Central Indiana minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses with potential opportunities with businesses based at or near IND.

More than 300 owners and representatives of such enterprises attended the event, where they had the opportunity to engage with procurement personnel from 35 IAA business partners, including airlines, rental car companies, and many more.

The IAA thanks Indianapolis-based Republic Airways for allowing the use of its hangar to host the event.

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New display-case art arrives at IND
The next series of art to be featured in IND's dynamic temporary art program has arrived and is on display in the main ticketing hall and Concourse B. IND's temporary art program introduces innovative new works to the airport space while complementing the IAA's robust permanent art collection.

The new exhibits include the unusual medium of vintage records (pictured), silk-printed digital photography, and found objects that have been transformed into quirky, hybrid creatures.


Old terminal demo
Demolition of old terminal gets underway, to be completed by year end
Work has begun on the much-anticipated demolition of the old passenger terminal, which  includes four separate concourses and other structures built between 1954 and 1987. The old terminal has been closed since 2008, when IND's award-winning Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal opened. 

Thus far, concourses C and D have been demolished to the ramp level, along with about half of the bag claim and ticket counter areas of the terminal. The project is on track for completion by the end of the year and will leave the site, which offers convenient landside and airside access, better positioned to attract prospective developers.


Full-scale, multi-agency disaster drill held at IND
The IAA, along with more than 30 agencies from the Greater Indianapolis Area, successfully executed a full-scale disaster drill on June 5 at IND. The drill scenario  involved an inbound commercial aircraft reporting smoke in the cabin before landing with a fire apparent.

The drill, required under FAA Part 139 regulations every three years, evaluates airport emergency operations plans.

Special Olympics plane pull
Teams forming for plane pull event on Aug. 17 benefiting Special Olympics
There is still time for those interested in participating in the 2013 FedEx Plane Pull Challenge benefiting Special Olympics. The giant tug-of-war between teams of up to 20 people and a 164,000-pound FedEx Boeing 757 takes place Aug. 17 at IND.
The FedEx Plane Pull Challenge raises funds and awareness for more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes in Indiana. More information on the event, including how to sign up, can be obtained at or by calling the Special Olympics state office at 317.328.2000.

Forever Heather
Forever, Heather's unique line of clothing and jewelry arrives at IND
Forever, Heather, an independently owned retailer that designs and sells its own line of women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories as well as other boutique brands and labels, has chosen IND for its newest location. The store is located on Concourse B near gate B7.

Forever, Heather, founded in 2000, quickly built on its early success at making specialized accessories for women, launching a clothing line in 2006 that has been featured in over 300 domestic and international retail locations.


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Next set of vintage race cars arrive on concourses
The week of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 was the perfect time for a rotation of the vintage race cars that have been on display on Concourses A and B since last year.

Now occupying the spot on Concourse A is the 1986 March/Cosworth car, pictured above.

A 1990 March Porsche is on display on Concourse B.

IND charity golf event raises thousands for local organizations
On June 18, the Indianapolis Airport Authority held its third annual Airport Charity Golf Outing at Deer Creek Golf Club. Approximately 30 IAA volunteers helped make the event possible for 144 golfers from various airport business partners and other community organizations.

A total of $6,200 was raised from the event. Proceeds were split between Second Helpings, a food rescue, hunger relief, and culinary job training organization serving Central Indiana, and the Riley Hospital for Children.

Second solar farm approved at IND
In April, the Indianapolis Airport Authority selected a Joint Venture group between two locally owned companies, Johnson Melloh Solutions and Telamon, to develop a second 10-megawatt Solar Farm on IND property. Bulldog Energy Airport, LLC and Indy Airport Solar Project II, LLC will co-develop the solar farm located directly west of the phase 1 solar farm currently under construction and pictured above. 

When the projects are completed, IND will be the site of the largest airport-based solar
farm developments in the country.


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The USO at IND, which is staffed 365 days per year from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. with the help of 140+ active volunteers, accommodated 22,700 visitors in 2012.

According to AAA, 3.07 million people plan to fly during the July 4 holiday period (July 3 through July 7), up slightly from 3.06 million last year.

In the first quarter of this year, U.S. airlines collected $685 million in change fees and more than $800 million in bag fees (CNBC).