Indianapolis International Airport: Taking Indy to New Heights

The Indianapolis International Airport is conveniently located minutes from downtown Indianapolis and several major interstates, including I-65, I-69, I-70, and I-74. The airport serves as a hub for 12 airlines, and services nearly 8.5 million passengers each year. The Indianapolis International Airport is the largest in Indiana, and facilitates a major hub for FedEx Express. On average, there are 180 daily departures, 39 of which are nonstop flights, from Indianapolis.


The airport began in 1931 as Weir Cook Municipal Airport, named after WWI and WWII Army pilot Harvey Weir Cook. In 1944, the airport was renamed Weir Cook and remained so until 1976, when it was given international status and renamed the Indianapolis International Airport. The airport has been owned and operated by an eight member appointed governing board, the Indianapolis Airport Authority, since 1962.

The recent construction of a new 1.2 million square foot airport terminal is sure to enhance the existing first-class service and top-notch hospitality that the staff of the Indianapolis International Airport strives to provide their customers.

Civic Plaza, the shopping and dining center of the airport, offers 25,000 square feet of specialty retailers and Indianapolis restaurants. Visitors to the airport will enjoy a variety of several new and familiar names, including Starbucks, McDonald’s, CNBC, Brooks Brothers, Harley-Davidson, Borders, Pacific Outfitters, Au Bon Pain, Qdoba, Brookstone, Johnston & Murphy, and Cold Stone Creamery.

A sneak peek at the new terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport in this video by NUVO Newsweekly

As well as these national names, visitors can partake in dining experiences, cultural institutions, and Indianapolis sports affiliations that offer a unique Hoosier flair. An example of the local flavor at the Indianapolis International Airport can be seen in the Indianapolis 500 Grill, featuring authentic Brickyard 400 merchandise, and Cultural Crossroads, a comprehensive retail venue featuring a compilation of eight Indianapolis museums and cultural institutions, including the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Zoo.

Airport services for ground transportation include rental car services like Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Car Rental, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty Car Rental. The Indianapolis International Airport also offers taxi and limousine services, direct airport shuttle service to the college towns of Champaign, Urbana, Bloomington (home of Indiana University), and Lafayette (home of Purdue University). Visitors can also utilize hotel courtesy vehicles and the IndyGo bus service. IndyGo’s Green Line Downtown / Airport Express route provides non-stop service from the airport to convenient locations near major Indianapolis downtown hotels and the Indiana Convention Center.

The Indianapolis International Airport parking services include short-term parking in the garage or surface lot, as well as long-term parking via Corporate Connection, Premier Parking, Tiger Express, and Economy Parking. Curb side check-in stations are on the upper level of the terminal drive. Airport parking rates vary depending on the lot, but the first 30 minutes of parking in the garage is free. After the 30 minutes, the cost is $2 per half-hour, with a maximum of $22 per day.

For more information on the Indianapolis International Airport, please visit the airport’s homepage.

Indianapolis International Airport
Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA)
7800 Col. H Weir Cook Memorial Dr, Ste 100
Indianapolis, IN  46241
Administrative Office Phone: 317.487.9594

Indianapolis airport hotels are some of the best hotels in Indianapolis. Among them are:

Adam’s Mark Hotel
Coutyard by Marriott

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport Hotel
Fairfield Inn
Holiday Inn
Homewood Suites at the Airport
La Quinta Inns
Quality Inn
Radisson Hotel
Residence Inn