INDIANAPOLIS - A new report shows the Indianapolis International Airport is on pace to break last year's passenger traffic record. Through the first half of the year, the Indianapolis Airport Authority says passenger totals have risen 7 percent on the backs of record-breaking April, May and June traffic figures. In 2017, 8.77 million passengers flew through IND.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Executive Director Mario Rodriguez attributed the increases to collaboration on multiple fronts. "When people put their heads to it and collaborate, which everybody does in this wonderful state, we get marvelous results," he said. "We get results like Infosys. We get results like being short-listed for Amazon, which is a great feat on its own. We get nonstops to Europe, the first nonstop to Europe, which we just started, and the optics behind it are magnificent. The future looks very bright."

The authority says airline seat capacity jumped by more than 50 percent in the second quarter for destinations including Cancun, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, St. Petersburg and Destin-Fort Walton, which Rodriguez says shows carriers are responding to demand that is "in full force."

During the second quarter, Delta Airlines launched its inaugural trans-Atlantic nonstop. Future bookings on the flight to Paris, Rodriguez says, are "looking fantastic." The route is one of 51 nonstop destinations -- a record total -- that now fly from Indianapolis International.

In the first two quarters of 2018, 4.7 million passengers traveled through IND, rising totals that Rodriguez said were bolstered by events like the Indy 500, the IndyCar Grand Prix and conventions like the FDIC International and the Team Beachbody Coach Summit.