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Midfield Project & Construction

With soaring glass walls, luminous interior, and flowing roof line, the current Indianapolis International Airport opened for arriving and departing flights on November 12, 2008. Designed for maximum convenience, comfort, and safety, it is a modern and inviting airport serving more than 7 million passengers each year.


Planning for a new airport complex began in 1975, when the Indianapolis Airport Authority adopted a master plan for development. The initial plan called for layout of two parallel runways with a non-intersecting crosswind runway, leaving room for a “midfield” terminal between those runways. Highway access via Interstate 70 was also included.

Over 30 years, the plan was reviewed, modified, and updated. The “Midfield Project,” as it came to be known, resulted in what you see today—a modern new gateway to central Indiana built with no local or state tax dollars.


One of first U.S. airports constructed and opened since 9/11, the entire airport complex is nearly one mile wide and over two miles in length. It includes a new FAA air traffic control tower and terminal radar approach control facility, a new fire station, new roadway system, new surface parking lots and garage, new Ground Transportation Center, and $4 million in specially commissioned, original public art.

Providing employment for about 3,000 workers over about three years, the Midfield Project made a significant impact in central Indiana’s economy. Completion of the project, which was the largest civic development in the city's history, renders the airport well-positioned to serve the city and state for many years into the future.

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Media Releases Public meetings on airport noise to be held October 8 and 9 11/03/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Four major works of art added to new airport terminal 09/17/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Aerial Views of Terminal Site Excavation 07/01/2008 Files (13) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Airport to hold job fair on July 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Radisson Hotel 06/11/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Exterior Renderings 06/03/2008 to 06/10/2008 Files (9) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Summer air travel: Indianapolis fares better than many parts of the U.S. 06/04/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Site Schematics 06/02/2008 Files (4) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Design Overview: A Civic Plaza 06/01/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Design Overview: Environmentally Sound 06/01/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Design Overview: New Indianapolis Airport Terminal Building 06/01/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Design Overview: Unique Design 06/01/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Interior Renderings 06/01/2008 Files (6) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Recent Terminal Construction 06/01/2008 Files (22) Show/Hide Details.
Image Galleries Terminal Site Excavation Work 06/01/2008 Files (5) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Art installation pays homage to the Wright brothers 04/02/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Indianapolis International Airport is prepared for busy Spring Break Weekend 03/26/2008 Files (2) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases International travelers to arrive at main terminal building when new airport opens in late 2008 03/19/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Terrazzo and glass artworks add to new terminal's collection 02/14/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.
Media Releases Indianapolis Airport Authority approves support for new hotel 02/08/2008 Files (1) Show/Hide Details.