State, United confirm direct flights to San Francisco

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and executives from United Airlines on Wednesday afternoon formally announced that Indianapolis will receive nonstop daily service to San Francisco International Airport starting in January.

IBJ first reported plans for the service on Aug. 28.

The new service launches from San Francisco to Indianapolis on Jan. 7 and from Indianapolis to San Francisco on Jan. 8.

Flights will use Airbus A319 aircraft featuring eight first-class seats, 40 economy-plus seats and 72 economy seats. United flight 500 will depart Indianapolis International Airport at 8 a.m., arriving in San Francisco at 10 a.m. The return flight, United 317, will depart San Francisco at 1:35 p.m., arriving in Indianapolis at 8:51 p.m.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said it will provide United with a minimum revenue guarantee during the one-year agreement. The IEDC allocated $1.5 million to a reserve fund, which would represent the state's maximum financial exposure if the route fails to meet the revenue guarantee.



  • been there, done that
    As someone who travels frequently, I'm all about more non stops out of Indy but we've had this service to SF a few years ago and it didn't last long. Just not enough business to support it. Even Southwest dropped their Indy to Midway flights. I have a feeling we will be subsidizing this.
  • State Guarantee Is Ridiculous
    Help! My brain hurts! Is this the same Mike Pence that has always called for limited hands-off government--a government that keeps its hand out of private sector business affairs. And now his IEDC is guaranteeing an airline a level of business. Isn't this a government program that serves a select few at the taxpayers' expense. And, what about the other airlines? Where is there piece of the state largess? Pence says no to needy Hoosiers without health care but is willing to push pork to the airlines. Someone give me an aspirin!

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