Indianapolis International Airport says the third quarter of 2018 was a record-breaker. The airport says the more than 2.4 million passenger total is an 8 percent year-to-date increase over last year and is the best third quarter in its history.
The facility says international passenger traffic jumped 123 percent compared to the third quarter of last year. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says that’s because of Delta Air Lines’ nonstop international flights to Paris as well as additional flights to Cancun, Punta Cana and Toronto.
Rodriguez says the total "makes a strong case for why we are pursuing more international flights." The airport is targeting Mexico for possible new international routes. Indiana has pledged $20 million to help attract more international flights.
The airport is reporting records for all third-quarter months, with July up 7 percent, August up 13 percent and September up 7 percent compared to the same months last year. With more holiday travel still to come, IND leaders say 2018 could very well be a record year for passenger traffic. The current record is 8.77 million passengers, set last year.