Indianapolis International Airport has set another traffic record. The airport reported more than 880,000 passengers in March, which it says marks the busiest month in the facility’s history. IND says overall first quarter passenger traffic increased 2 percent over the same quarter last year.
Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says the quarter-over-quarter growth is due in large part to an increase in nonstop service to leisure destinations for families and spring break travelers. That includes new routes to Orlando and Las Vegas from Spirit Airlines and new destination options like Charleston South Carolina and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida from Allegiant Air, Austin, Texas and Oakland from Southwest Airlines, and Seattle and Paris through Delta Air Lines.
In all, IND says nearly 2.2 million passengers flew through the airport in the first quarter of 2019. Travelers, Rodriguez says, are also flying further, on average.
"Flights throughout the year are going to further destinations with airline seat miles increasing about five percent," said Rodriguez in a release. "That increase is, in part, due to increased West Coast connectivity and increased international access."
The numbers build on a record 2018 for the airport, which saw more than 9.4 million passengers fly through the facility. The airport currently serves about 50 nonstop destinations with an average of 145 daily flights.