Infrastructure Upgrades Coming to Airports

Infrastructure Upgrades Coming to Airports

Indiana’s airports are investing – some of them in really big ways. Over the past several weeks, announcements and reports from basically every region of the state have contained details about infrastructure upgrades, new terminals, new flight options, and more from Indiana’s air transit and air freight facilities. One could easily make a pun about investment soaring during a time like this.

Indiana consistently ranks among the strongest places in the world for logistics and distribution infrastructure strength, of which airport investment would be a significant factor supporting our state’s network. We’ve gathered some of the biggest announcements, check them out.


From Indy to Europe, Direct

Delta Air Lines announced a major link for Indiana business professionals just a few weeks ago with their new nonstop flight from Indianapolis to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The flights, which will begin May 24, 2018, will connect Indiana and Europe year-round with service scheduled at least three times per week. The route’s frequency will increase during the spring, summer, and fall months, reaching daily service throughout the peak summer season. With the new service from Delta, in cooperation with its joint venture partner Air France/KLM, Indiana passengers and global businesses will have access to more than 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India, including 23 of the top 25 transatlantic markets via one-stop connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

According to air service traffic, 310 people travel from Indianapolis to transatlantic destinations daily. By attracting Indiana’s first year-round transatlantic flight, the Indianapolis Airport Authority estimates this new air service could have a $50 million annual impact on Indiana’s economy. The availability of nonstop air service is generally considered imperative for businesses when selecting headquarters and growth locations, supporting both international businesses with operations in Indiana and Indiana-based businesses which do business around the world.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said, “This connection elevates our already strong workforce, increasing avenues for job creation and talent retention – another sign that the sky truly is the only limit for Indianapolis.”


A Reloaded Aviation Wallet

Late last year, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded major funding boosts to many airports throughout Indiana as part of its annual Airport Improvement Program grants. The program provides grants to public aviation agencies and in some cases private owners and entities too for planning and infrastructure development projects for public-use airports that are included on the list of National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Under the new round of funding, many local facilities will be undertaking major upgrades over the next few months, some of which will accommodate regional economic development plans too. Nationally, more than $541 million was distributed.

Take look at some of the big projects taking shape on our state right now:

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Major Funding Boosts Arrive for Numerous Indiana Airports

  • $5.2 million – Gary/Chicago International Airport – runway rehabilitation
  • $3.7 million – Purdue University Airport in Lafayette – runway strengthening
  • $3.3 million – Fort Wayne International Airport – runway rehabilitation
  • $2.9 million – Clark Regional Airport in Jeffersonville – runway extension
  • $1.9 million – Richmond Municipal Airport – runway rehabilitation, runway lighting
  • $1.8 million – Evansville Regional Airport – terminal improvements, apron rehabilitation
  • $1.3 million – Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour – taxiway reconstruction
  • $1 million – Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers – taxiway rehabilitation
  • $953,000 – Delaware County Airport in Muncie – runway rehabilitation
  • $915,000 – Columbus Municipal Airport – taxiway rehabilitation
  • $887,000 – Elkhart Memorial Airport – new airfield guidance signs, taxiway lighting
  • $855,000 – Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis – taxiway construction
  • $779,000 – Delphi Municipal Airport – runway extension
  • $710,000 – Kokomo Municipal Airport – taxiway rehabilitation
  • $702,000 – Anderson Municipal Airport, Darlington Field – runway rehabilitation
  • $496,000 – Terre Haute International Airport, Hulman Field – snow removal equipment
  • $354,000 – Madison Municipal Airport – apron rehabilitation
  • $246,000 – Arens Field in Winamac – fuel farm improvements
  • $209,000 – Plymouth Municipal Airport – updates to the airport master plan
  • $192,000 – Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport in Bedford – obstruction removal
  • $150,000 – North Vernon Airport – obstruction removal
  • $150,000 – Mettel Field in Connersville – obstruction removal
  • $150,000 – Logansport/Cass County Airport – land acquisitions
  • $150,000 – Crawfordsville Municipal Airport – terminal building construction
  • $149,000 – Marion Municipal Airport – taxiway reconstruction, environmental study
  • $127,000 – Perry County Municipal Airport in Tell City – building construction
  • $102,000 – Portland Municipal Airport – runway extension
  • $60,000 – Monroe County Airport in Bloomington – taxiway rehabilitation
  • $32,000 – Putnam County Regional Airport in Greencastle – environmental studies
  • $29,700 – Peru Municipal Airport – runway lighting reconstruction

Source: Federal Aviation Administration


A New Kind of Business Class

The Gary Jet Center (GJC) has finished construction of its new $3 million Corporate Flight Center at the Gary/Chicago International Airport (KGYY). Designed by renowned international architecture firm and aviation specialists Ghafari Associates, the new center is a state-of-the-art facility on GJC’s West Campus. It features multiple pilots’ lounges, a business center, a conference room, kitchen facilities, and is also be LEED Certified. The interiors were designed by the award-winning Chicago firm Partners By Design and feature large glass walls that showcase the newly-updated $174 million runway.


Much More to Come

That’s not all. There’s much more happening at Hoosier airports this year: electric shuttle fleets were just deployed at Indianapolis’s airport, new direct flights are being added all the time, the world’s second-largest FedEx distribution hub is undergoing major infrastructure upgrades, new investments are headed our way, and new terminals are being established. All in all, it’s a great time for Indiana aviation. Stay tuned for more.

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