INDIANAPOLIS — There are signs of life at Indianapolis International Airport.
When the pandemic hit in March, domestic and international air travel slowed to a trickle. On some days, the number of people flying to and from Indianapolis was down to about 5% of normal levels.
But the latest figures, the ones for June, are improved—if just a bit. Airport usage was down 73% from the same period in 2019.
There are no direct international flights currently serving Indianapolis. The pandemic put an end to that.
The Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority told WRTV in May that it may take the airport three years to reach pre-pandemic usage. Mario Rodriguez predicts 2021 air travel here will be off about 20%.
Airports, including Indianapolis, are receiving some financial help from the federal government to offset the loses. Indianapolis is getting about $52 million in federal aid.