Airport Wraps Up Runway Project

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Indianapolis Regional Airport in Hancock County says a $3.4 million runway project has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The Indianapolis Airport Authority says the runway extension will make the airport more competitive and increase its economic impact on the region.

October 16, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- In a noteworthy achievement for capital projects, the multi-year project to extend the main runway and Taxiway A at the Indianapolis Regional Airport has been completed not only ahead of schedule, but at less expense than anticipated. The 500-foot addition also involved the relocation of navigational aids to accommodate the lengthened runway and allow an Instrument Landing System (ILS) option to remain for the approach to Runway 25. ILS-equipped runways allow precision approaches to continue during low-visibility weather conditions.

Now at 6,002 feet in length, Runway 7-25 is longer than runways used at some U.S. airports for scheduled commercial jet operations. More importantly, the extension means more payload flexibility for aircraft operators using Indianapolis Regional, enhancing the airport's ability to support the region's general aviation needs. By making Indianapolis Regional more competitive, the project, which supported an estimated 60 local jobs, will also result in an increase to the airport's annual economic impact to the region of more than $6 million.

Serving as a reliever airport to the Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis Regional accommodates approximately 130 general aviation takeoffs and landings per day, and more than 140 aircraft are based there. In addition to offering existing hangars for rent, the airport also encourages the private development of new hangars through an incentive program. More information is available at http://www.indianapolisairport.com/employment_business/private_hangar.aspx.

About the Indianapolis Airport Authority

The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, and 2013 in Airports Council International’s annual Airport Service Quality awards. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus, and the airport has won additional recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.

IND generates an annual economic impact in Central Indiana of more than $4.5 billion, without relying on state or local taxes to fund its operations. About 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year, and averages 135 daily flights to 35 nonstop destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.

Source: Indianapolis Airport Authority