Can Indiana Be Midwest Hub for International Flight?

Posted: Updated:
Holcomb believes the plan will help attract talent and improve quality of life statewide. Holcomb believes the plan will help attract talent and improve quality of life statewide.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, encouraged by the performance of the state’s first transatlantic flight, which he says is "exceeding expectations," thinks Indiana can become "the Midwest hub for international flight." His $1 billion Next Level Connections infrastructure plan, unveiled last week, includes $20 million to target more international nonstops in North America and Europe. In May, Delta Airlines launched an Indianapolis to Paris nonstop flight, which is among a record 50-plus nonstops now offered at Indianapolis International Airport.

In an interview this weekend on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Holcomb talked in greater detail about the infrastructure plan, which he says will enhance quality of life statewide.

Holcomb said the infrastructure plan’s broad nature, encompassing what he calls six modes of transportation, is important and will help attract talent and improve quality of life. It will be funded by fee increases on heavy trucks on the Indiana Toll Road.

The plan includes: 

  • $600 million to accelerate completion of Section 6 of the Interstate 69 project between Martinsville and Bloomington, from 2027 to 2024
  • $190 million for improvements on U.S. 20 and U.S 30 across northern Indiana and U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend
  • $100 million to increase rural broadband access
  • 90 million for improving biking and hiking trails
  • $20 million to lure new direct flight routes to the state’s airports

The plan also calls for support of the West Lake and South Shore rail projects in northwest Indiana and pursuit of the state’s fourth water port, along the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg.

"This is an all-of-the-above, ambitious program," said Holcomb. "This is about investing in our Indiana people and places and that goes right to improving our quality of life right here in Indiana."

  • Perspectives

    • It's Time For The U.S. to Adopt a Presidential Regional Primary and Caucus System

      As a high school senior at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Martin Moore, one of the best teachers that I ever had, challenged our Accelerated American Government class to think about how we nominate presidential candidates in the United States. Little did I know at the time that our conversations about changing the presidential primary/caucus structure would ring so true a few decades later. In response to Mr. Moore’s challenge, I wrote a paper outlining...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Fishers Among Finalists For National Prize

      The city of Fishers is one of 12 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. The award honors "communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity, and equity."

    • Greenwood CEO Named Small Business Person of the Year

      The chief executive officer of a Greenwood-based company has been named the 2019 Small Business Person of the Year for Indiana. U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon announced Monday this year's winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 

    • Campaign to Honor Former Butler Star

      An orthodontic practice in central Indiana has launched a campaign supporting a nonprofit honoring former Butler University basketball star Andrew Smith. Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics says the Be The Change campaign aims to have up to 430 people join the bone marrow registry. Jason Bunch is spearheading the effort and says the practice wanted to support Project 44 after its founder, Andrew Smith's wife, Samantha Smith spoke at an event it hosted by the practice.

    • Greenwood CEO Named Small Business Person of the Year

      The chief executive officer of a Greenwood-based company has been named the 2019 Small Business Person of the Year for Indiana. U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon announced Monday this year's winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.   Casey Wright is the CEO of Wright's Gymnastics Academy and Ninja Zone.

    • Matt McIntyre is co-founder and executive director of Brackets For Good.

      Brackets For Good Launches New Program

      Indianapolis-based Brackets For Good Inc. is changing up its annual fundraising program. The sports-themed fundraising organization has launched Champ's Charity Challenge, in which users can fill out brackets for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in the name of their charity of choice. The previous iteration of the program saw nonprofits competing in a tournament-style bracket of their own to see who could raise the most money. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...