Indianapolis air traffic rises

Passenger traffic at Indianapolis International Airport rose 4 percent in October, and is up a modest half-percent year-to-date, an airport executive announced Friday morning.

Much of the increase was attributed to Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, which saw double-digit gains in passengers.

“We’re really seeing strong performance from our low-cost carriers,” Marsha Stone, chief financial officer of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, told the airport board.
United Airlines recorded a 10-percent increase in boardings at the airport.

Air cargo, which accounts for about half of landing fees for the airport, was up nearly 3 percent. The largest cargo carrier at the airport is FedEx, which last month began operating its first nonstop flights from Hong Kong to Indianapolis, after putting new Boeing 777s into its fleet.

“We expect to see more triple-7s coming in,” said Stone.

The board also authorized the issuance of new revenue bonds, primarily to refund outstand airport debt.

Meanwhile, American Airlines recently launched new service from Indianapolis to John F. Kennedy International in New York, the airport said. American Airlines also added a second flight to Miami.

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