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Indianapolis International Airport Information

Situated about a dozen miles away from the capital city of Indiana, the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is one of the busiest airports in the Midwest region of the United States with more than 135 daily departure flights. The state of the art facilities at Indianapolis International Airport developed from humble beginnings in the early 20th century.

The Indianapolis Municipal Airport broke ground in 1931 on a 947-acre site that included the first passenger terminal building that cost $150,000 to build. During World War II, IND Airport served as a training ground for civil pilot programs and a test site for fighter jets. At the end of World War II, the airport was renamed in honor of Weir Cook, a U.S. Air Force Pilot that served in both world wars.

A decade after the end of WWII, a new passenger terminal building replaced the original 1931 one. The new terminal facility featured two levels and cost nearly 2 million dollars to construct. The arrival of jumbo jets in the 1960's led to the expansion of a concrete runway that would stretch for 10,000 feet, which is still in use today. There is also an 11,200-foot long concrete runway in use at the airport today. Both of the concrete runways are parallel. Additionally, IND Airport has 7,605-foot long crosswind asphalt runway.

By the late 1960's, the airport has expanded to cover more than 1,300 acres. In 1976, the airport was renamed to Indianapolis International Airport as the International Arrivals Building opened to the public. At the same time, more than 2,000 more acres were added to rapidly expand one of the fastest growing airports in the Midwest.

Today, the passenger terminal building at Indianapolis International Airport covers more than 1.2 million square feet and features two concourses. This tremendous size is a result of decades of expansion and renovation since World War II. Located near major interstate highways such as I-70 and I-465 beltway, Indianapolis International Airport offers parking spaces for more than 18,000 vehicles. The parking garage can accommodate 6,000 cars.

During the tragic 9-11 attacks on the United States, Indianapolis International Airport serves as the landing point for many of the diverted airplanes throughout the nation. In fact, IND was the first airport in the country to reopen after the horrors that stopped air traffic in the United States for several days.

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