Indianapolis International Airport has announced another new nonstop route. Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says the Southwest flight to Dallas Love Field is a “reflection of the strength and vitality of the Indy community.” Rodriguez says he expects to make more air service announcements this year. Dallas is the eighth-largest destination market connected to Indianapolis International Airport.

February 12, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) is pleased to announce today that Southwest Airlines is extending its flight schedule to add new, nonstop service to Dallas. Starting in April, Southwest will launch new daily service between Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Dallas Love Field (DAL).

“This new nonstop service to Dallas once again expands our flight service into key markets for our airport,” said Michael Wells, president of the IAA board of directors. “It's our mission at IND to provide the best, most convenient service to our travelers and, by adding new nonstop flights, we're not only enhancing competition but also raising the level of air service we provide at IND.”

IAA Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says the Southwest expansion reflects well on Indianapolis. “Southwest has been a valued partner of IND's for 25 years now, and its move to create new service is a reflection of the strength and vitality of the Indy community,” he said. “We are happy to see Southwest's continual growth in the destinations it serves. IND had an exceptional year in 2014, and we have big plans to keep the momentum going in 2015 with even more announcements to come as we continue to work to provide reliable and convenient air travel for our community.”

With this announcement, Southwest will now serve 15 of IND's top 20 passenger markets and increase its current position as IND's top airline for available seat capacity based on 2015 scheduled service. In 2015, Southwest will also become IND's top airline for departures. New service to DAL will increase its average number of IND departures to 34 per day. IND averages 301 passengers per day flying to Dallas, IND's eighth largest destination market. In addition to new service to Dallas, travelers can look forward to Southwest's launch of new service to Boston and Los Angeles in June.

“This new route is great for both Dallas and Indianapolis travelers as it connects two major business centers. The new flight complements our existing routes to other prime business markets and leisure destinations,” said Katherine Findlay, vice president of Internal Audit at Southwest Airlines.

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 37 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 International Airport

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