Given all that has transpired over the past year and a half, we’re guessing it’s been a minute since many of you hopped on a flight from Indianapolis International Airport. With travel ramping up again, it’s the perfect time to get reacquainted with IND and its exciting new developments.
With several inaugural flights, a new airline, and new customer service amenities, the airport keeps getting better and better. Here are a few updates you can expect on your next visit.
With a series of inaugural flights in both May and June, you’ll have even more travel stops to choose from out of Indianapolis. Destinations like Portland, Panama City, and Hilton Head Island will now be available to travelers for the first time.
Check out these 13 new nonstop flights across airlines (with three more on the way) and start planning your next vacation.
- Sarasota (SRQ) — Southwest launched March 13
- Charleston (CHS) — United launched May 27
- Portland, Maine (PWM) — United launched May 27
- Hilton Head Island (HHH) — United launched May 28
- Minneapolis (MSP) — Sun Country launched May 28
- Boston (BOS) — Allegiant launched May 28
- Los Angeles (LAX) — Allegiant launched May 28
- Boston (BOS) — American relaunched June 3
- Orlando (MCO) — American launched June 5
- Myrtle Beach (MYR) — Southwest launched June 6
- Panama City, FL (ECP) — Southwest launched June 6
- Pensacola (PNS) — Spirit Launched June 11
- Miami (MIA) — Southwest launched June 12
- Rapid City (RAP) — Allegiant launches Aug. 4
- Orlando (MCO) — Sun Country launches Sept. 2
- Austin (AUS) — American launches Sept. 8
There is also a bran-new airline at IND. Sun Country Airlines is based in Minneapolis and currently operates flights on 93 routes to more than 65 destinations in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The airline has two flights a week to Minneapolis out of Indy, and in September the airline will be adding an additional flight to Orlando.
Consider traveling with Sun Country Airlines for convenient, affordable flights that will connect you to exciting destinations and new adventures.
If the airport looks a little more beautiful than you remember, that’s because IND just opened its first art gallery in the terminal last month in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The KIND gallery’s first show is titled “Pareidolia” and showcases work from artists at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Check out the gallery post security in Concourse A.
Don’t worry if you aren’t headed to Concourse A, there’s still plenty of other art at the airport. There are 10 new murals in both Concourse A and B that were sponsored by Swish, a community collaboration to celebrate March Madness. Be sure to stop by the Civic Plaza pre-security to see the magnificent 75-foot long mural dedicated to the legacy of Madame C. J. Walker and her impact on Indy.
Travel has gotten even easier at Indianapolis International Airport with these new customer amenities.
If you need to nurse or pump while at the airport, new accommodations will make your travel experience easy and comfortable. Both pre and post-security rooms offer privacy with pre-security being a completely private room and post-security offering a shared room with partitions. You can find nursing rooms at these locations:
- Room 09T.303A (Pre-security)—Located near ticket island #8, north side of the Ticketing Hall near Southwest Airlines
- Room 04A.303 (Post-security in Concourse A)—Located across from Harry & Izzy’s near the International Arrivals area in Concourse A
- Room 04B.303 (Post-security in Concourse B)—Located across from Gate B5 near Tinker Coffee on Concourse B
The airport also has sensory rooms for people on the autism spectrum or anyone who needs a quiet place to relax post-security. The rooms are located both in Concourse A and Concourse B. Artwork in the room is displayed in partnership with IU Health CompleteLife Program.
If you’re traveling with your furry friend, IND now has pet relief areas post-security. This will leave your pets feeling a little more comfortable on their journey.
Travel looks very different now than it did a few years ago, which can leave you confused about what to expect when traveling. Luckily, Megan Gish Carrico, the director of public affairs for the airport has a few tips that will make your summer travel be as smooth and stress free as possible.
- Arrive early. The airport has seen an uptick in travelers, especially during the early morning departure hours.
- Wear your face mask (federal requirement through Sept. 13) – learn more about COVID-19 health and safety measures at www.ind.com/covid19
- If needed, COVID-19 testing is available at IND. To learn more, visit: www.ind.com/covid19testing
- TSA wait time information is available on the website: www.ind.com
- Many of IND’s shops and restaurants have adjusted operating hours
- Concourse Connectors allows you to explore available options in both concourses, no matter which one you’re flying out of
- Most food (excluding liquids) can be brought through TSA screening https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/food
- Check your flight status with your airline prior to arriving at the airport
- Need help determining parking at IND? Visit https://www.ind.com/parking
For a contactless parking experience at IND, register for the free parkIND plus program and earn rewards to use towards free parking https://www.ind.com/parking/parkind-plus-program
Ellie Allen is Indy Maven’s editorial intern who just flew out of Indianapolis International Airport a few weeks ago and is constantly impressed by the ease and amenities of IND.
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