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Airport History

Since it first opened in 1931, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) has adapted and grown to meet the challenges of the nation's rapidly growing and ever-evolving and commercial aviation industry.

Its first passenger terminal was built at a cost of $150,000. In comparison, the second terminal, which was built in 1956, cost $1.9 million. With the development of a new airport complex located off I-70, the terminal which opened in 2008 cost $1.1 billion and was the largest civic development in City of Indianapolis history.

Throughout the course of its development, the Indianapolis airport has played an important role in the city's economic growth and stability. It continues to do so today through the business, commerce, and logistics sectors.

  • Home of the second-largest FedEx Express operation in the world, Indianapolis International Airport is the eighth largest cargo airport in the U.S. and the 22st largest cargo facility internationally.
  • IND’s economic impact in Central Indiana is more than $3.3 billion annually, and about 10,000 people work at the airport each day.
General information

Please review these major milestones in the history of Indianapolis International Airport by decade and the accompanying historical timeline (PDF).

For specific questions about the airport's development, or the development of IAA's general aviation airports, please call 317.487.9594.