As vendor contracts expire at Indianapolis International Airport—and a slew of them lapse at the end of 2018, a decade after the terminal’s opening—officials are embarking on a project to freshen up the offerings.
The Routes America 2020 conference coming to Indianapolis on Feb. 3-5 of next year could have a huge impact on air travel to and from the city, even though the event itself is only expected to draw about 800 attendees.
Airport officials have reached lease agreements covering 19 retailers, the first wave of deals negotiated as part of the airport's concessions refresh program. The airport authority's board is set to vote on the contracts Friday.
The airport will sell 132 acres to the city of Indianapolis in phases over the next several years. In turn, the city will sell the property to Infosys for pennies so it can create a $245 million training campus.
Airport officials awarded a contract to an engineering company that will prepare retail spaces for new tenants as existing operators depart. Forty of the 53 retail concessionaires at the airport will see their leases expire Dec. 31.
Indianapolis International Airport has been on a roll in recent years, seeing strong increases in passenger traffic and direct flights. But now jet-fuel prices are on the way up, threatening to slow the airport's progress.
OneJet, a struggling regional business airline that got its start in 2015 by offering weekday nonstop flights from Indianapolis to Milwaukee, has suspended operations until at least October after a series of setbacks.