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Indianapolis airport traffic jumped in April

May 21, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis International Airport sees first rise in passenger traffic in almost three years.
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Republic suffers $36.5M loss in first quarter

May 5, 2010
Indianapolis-based carrier took an $11.5 million charge to write off the Midwest Airlines brand name. Republic is combining Milwaukee-based Midwest with Denver-based Frontier Airlines.
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United, Continental agree to combine in $3B deal

May 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
At Indianapolis International Airport, United accounts for 7.2 percent of passenger traffic and Continental accounts for 5.8 percent, a total of 13 percent, according to March figures from the airport.
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FAA says regional airline didn't inspect planes

April 27, 2010
Associated Press
Federal aviation officials want to fine Chautauqua Airlines $348,000 for allegedly flying regional jets thousands of times without performing required safety inspections.
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Airport CEO spent $37K on travel in first year

April 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
John Clark took trips to Malayasia, England and the Super Bowl during his first year as CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
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Republic hits turbulence with Frontier mechanics

March 11, 2010
Associated Press
The union for mechanics at Frontier Airlines is going to court over Republic Airways Holdings Inc.'s plans to shift their work to Milwaukee.
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Republic to buy $3B in jets; quarterly profit rises

February 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Republic has agreed to buy 40 Bombardier Inc. CS300 regional jets valued at $3.06 billion, the largest order for the aircraft since its introduction in 2008.
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Republic stock falls following departure of Frontier execRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
CEO Bryan Bedford remains at the helm, but shares of Republic Airways have fallen nearly 30 percent following the departure of an executive deemed key to the operation of the regional airline’s first two branded carriers, Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines.
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Republic Airways to shut down Lynx Aviation

February 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. will shut down Lynx Aviation, a regional flying unit that operates Bombardier Q400 propeller planes. The changes will mean 175 people will lose their jobs.
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Republic flies boldly into branded-carrier business

December 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After 36 years of flying smaller planes painted in the colors of the major airlines for which it flies under contract, Republic Airways Holdings in 2009 became a branded airline operator of its own.
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Computer woes slow air traffic across the nation

November 19, 2009
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said the problem was fixed about 10 a.m. Thursday, but it was unclear how long flights would continue to be delayed. Dozens of flights to Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
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Republic Airways adding 800 workers in Milwaukee

November 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Locally based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Tuesday afternoon said it still might bring jobs to Indianapolis as part of the digestion of its newly acquired Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines subsidiaries. But it looks like Milwaukee has wound up as the biggest beneficiary.
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Airport memo: Republic could bring 750 jobs to Indianapolis

September 15, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Locally based Republic Airways Holdings, which earlier this month said it could move up to 400 jobs gained through its Frontier Airlines acquisition to Indianapolis or Milwaukee, has hinted it may move nearly twice that number to its headquarters city.
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After comeback, former United maintenance facility faces challengesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The mammoth facility near Indianapolis International Airport now employs as many people as it did when United Airlines abandoned it six years ago, but its new tenants are contending with struggles of their own.
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Airport taxi times improve

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Passengers at Indianapolis International Airport are spending less time on the ground since the opening of the new midfield terminal.
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Q&A with Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John ClarkRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Clark talks to IBJ about how the airport can increase revenue by diversifying its sources of income. The airport can't rely on higher passenger counts to boost its bottom line.
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Denver group trying to lure Republic Airways HQ

August 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. will battle it out in a bankruptcy court auction today for the rights to acquire Denver-based Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc.
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Southwest bid for Frontier could be in trouble

August 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Southwest Airlines Co.'s bid for Denver-based Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. may have hit turbulence, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Southwest bids $170M for Frontier Airlines

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Southwest Airlines Co. said today it's bidding $170 million to buy Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. out of bankruptcy protection, surpassing an earlier bid of $108.8 million by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc.
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Republic, Southwest duel for Frontier

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is nearing judgment day in its battle with Southwest Airlines Co. for ownership of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc.
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Republic growth strategy fraught with riskRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By purchasing two struggling airlines for which it flies, Republic Airways Holdings is taking aboard substantial risks that threaten its profitable niche, analysts say. Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines are not only leaking money, but fly at an altitude where major carriers routinely dogfight in a fare war Republic hasn't had to fight as a contract carrier.
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Indianapolis will be highlighted in US Airways MagazineRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If you happen to fly US Airways this summer, take a minute to read the in-flight magazine while you wait for your coffee, tea or milk. US Airways Magazine will feature a story in its August issue that touts Indianapolis.
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Republic Airways loses DOT appeal to keep financial info from public, other regional airlinesRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Department of Transportation has denied a request by Republic Airways Holdings to continue keeping financial data on two of its airlines confidential. It's a practice the CEO of JetBlue Airways called "gaming" of DOT rules.
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Twice-bankrupt ATA finally foldsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Any hopes that hometown airline ATA would make a comeback and eventually resume scheduled service from Indianapolis were dashed April 2, when it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.
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Airport terminal to rent out space, keep many employees in old facilityRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
The new, $1.1 billion terminal at Indianapolis International Airport likely won't house as many airport employees as the existing facility. Instead, portions of the terminal are being set aside for their revenue-generating potential.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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