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.

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

    • Expand Your Workforce to Include The Deaf Community

      While there are arguably many minority groups that are grossly underutilized in the workforce, I’d wager that most people do not consider the Deaf community when thinking about diversity and inclusion strategies. The Deaf community shares a unique culture that is closely networked, but few employers know how to tap into this community, which comprises 10 percent of the population. In fact, many people probably see barriers for the Deaf community when it comes to employment...



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


  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Union Club Hotel was built in 1929. (photo courtesy of Purdue University)

      $30M Gift to Fund Purdue Hotel Renovation

      Purdue University says it plans to use a $30 million gift to transform an existing building into a world-class hotel. The gift from Bruce White, a Purdue alumnus and former trustee, his wife Beth, and the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, will fund the renovation of the Union Club Hotel, which will also serve as a laboratory learning environment for students. The university says the renovations will feature upgrades in furnishings, fixtures, and amenities for the hotel, as well as a...
    • PGA TOUR Superstore to Open in Indy

      A popular golf retailer will Saturday open its first location in Indiana. The PGA TOUR Superstore location in Indianapolis replaces the recently-closed Babies"R"Us location at the Clearwater Crossing Shopping Center.

    • (Image courtesy of Harrison College.)

      Milhaus Details Purchase of Harrison College Indy Campus

      Indianapolis-based Milhaus says it plans to build a 183-unit apartment complex on the same lot as the Indianapolis campus of recently-closed Harrison College. The development, construction and management company purchased the property last month for $6.3 million and Marketing Director Raven Reckley says the college's decision to close was "news to us." She adds Milhaus is "disappointed for the students and staff who are affected most" and will be evaluating...

    • The Impact of Technology on Economic Development Policy

      In a world where technology is enabling almost everything, economic development policy makers are faced with several challenges when planning and implementing strategies for economic growth. Communities, regions and states must be able to adapt programs and initiatives to address the economic disruption caused by technology. In particular, investments in tech and talent are vital to ensuring economic growth and wealth creation for residents and businesses throughout the world.

    • Italian Company Picks Daleville For Continental HQ

      An Italian filter manufacturer is detailing plans to locate its North American headquarters in Delaware County. Filtrec S.p.A. says it will invest $1.3 million into a Daleville operation that could create 25 jobs by 2022. Governor Eric Holcomb announced the plans along with Delaware County and company officials during an economic development mission to Italy. Initially, Filtrec says it will occupy 5,800 square-feet in Daleville and it intends to double or triple that presence...