Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says stepped-up efforts to land a transatlantic flight at Indianapolis International Airport are paying off and "we’ll have something to talk about in a matter of months." In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Schellinger said the $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly to help attract the flight is working. In May, the airport announced a $180,000 contract with Develop Indy, the Indy Chamber’s business development unit, for air service and land use development activities. Among Develop Indy priorities: locking in corporate support for additional Indy nonstops, including a transatlantic route.
Schellinger says he is encouraged by recent discussions with key players.
The business community has long considered a dearth of nonstop at Indianapolis International a liability for the Indianapolis region and state of Indiana.
Efforts by the airport, business community and organizations including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indy Chamber, Indiana Economic Development Corporation and VisitIndy are paying dividends. The airport’s nonstop flight count is now at 47, the highest number since the current terminal opened in 2008.
View the full Schellinger interview and his comments on 2017 mid-year economic development results, which are on pace to set a record: