Cincinnati construction company sues Indy airport for failure to pay

December 15, 2008
A suburban Cincinnati construction company known for airport and interstate projects alleges the Indianapolis Airport Authority has failed to pay on a $14.7 million contract to build aircraft parking spaces.

Hebron, Ky.-based W.L. Harper Co., in a suit filed Dec. 1 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, doesn't specify how much the airport still owes on the contract related to the FedEx cargo hub expansion at Indianapolis International Airport.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority would not comment on the breach-of-contract suit, citing its policy involving matters in litigation.

FedEx is in the midst of a $214 million expansion at the airport, including $49 million for a new aircraft parking apron.

The project has been a lightning rod of contention for airlines. Five carriers last year asked the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the authority from including the cost of the cargo apron in the computation of landing fees at the airport. The authority has countered that the project ultimately benefits all carriers because it will cause FedEx to land more planes, bringing higher landing fee income to keep overall landing fees in check.

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