The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is the largest and busiest airport serving the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the surrounding areas of central Indiana. Located just seven miles southwest of the city center, the airport is the largest in the state and serves more than eight million passengers each year.
The airport began operations in 1931 as Speedway Airport, named after the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Its first airfield was built on what is now the site of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The airport was initially a private facility, but it was taken over by the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was used as a training center for bomber pilots.
In 1947, Indianapolis Municipal Airport was built on the site of Speedway Airport, and it was officially dedicated in 1955. The airport was initially served by five major airlines: American, Continental, Eastern, TWA, and United. In 1978, the airport was renamed Indianapolis International Airport, and it was the first airport in the country to be named after a city. This name was chosen to emphasize the airport’s importance as a gateway to the world.
The airport’s code, IND, was derived from the airport’s name, Indianapolis International Airport. The code was approved by the International Air Transport Association in 1984.
Today, the airport is home to more than 30 airlines, including Air Canada, American, Delta, Southwest, and United. It serves more than 160 daily departures to more than 20 nonstop destinations and offers one-stop service to hundreds of cities around the world. IND also serves as a hub for FedEx Express and UPS, and it is home to the world’s largest FedEx hub.
In addition to commercial flights, IND also serves as a base for the Indiana Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserve Command. It also houses the Indianapolis Executive Airport, which serves local and regional business travelers.
The airport is also home to a variety of passenger amenities, including a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a pet relief area, nursing mothers’ rooms, and an art gallery.
IND is the busiest airport in the state of Indiana, with more than 8 million passengers served each year. It is also the largest and busiest cargo airport in the state, handling more than 40,000 tons of freight annually. It has also been named one of the best airports in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.