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Indy Air Travel Expected to Hit Record High This Weekend

Indy airport advises travelers to arrive early, plan ahead

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2021) – Officials at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) report this weekend may be among the busiest fall break travel periods ever. With that possibility ahead, airport officials advise travelers to plan ahead, pack smart, get to the airport early and leverage contactless services to help make their travels as smooth as possible.

Based on projections provided by the federal Transportation Security Administration, the Indy airport is anticipating more than 17,000 passengers will fly out of Indianapolis on Friday, and nearly 18,000 will fly out on Saturday.

“We’ve only seen that level of passenger traffic a handful of times since the new terminal opened in 2008,” said Keith Berlen, the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s senior director of operations and public safety. “So this weekend is on track to be one of the busiest, and it’s important for travelers to plan accordingly.”

Berlen said early morning flights (5 a.m. – 8 a.m.) are the most impacted and encourages travelers flying out during this timeframe to arrive at least two hours early.

TSA checkpoint A opens at 3:30 a.m. and checkpoint B opens at 4:15 a.m. Hoosiers can process through either TSA checkpoint and proceed to their gate. TSA PreCheck is only available on checkpoint A. Airline ticket counters opening time varies, but generally they open two hours before flight departure.

The Indy airport also strongly encouraged travelers to consider the following travel tips below, and to sign up for TSA PreCheck at for a smoother screening process, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops or light jackets.


  • Always check flight status with the airline prior to arriving at the airport
  • Arrive a full two-hours ahead of the departure time to get checked in, get through security, and to the gate in plenty of time before boarding call.
  • Download the airline’s mobile app for all pertinent travel update
  • Use a mobile boarding pass or print boarding passes ahead of time
  • Download the MyTSA app for 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information, including helpful tips for preparing for security, including a searchable database of items that can and can’t go in checked or carry-on bags.
  • Pack smart – check for prohibited items and follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Learn more at:
  • Bring/wear a face mask – Complimentary face masks are available at Guest Services in the terminal, and the federal mask requirement at airports and on aircraft and public transportation has been extended until January 2022.
  • If needed, COVID-19 testing is available at IND. To learn more, visit:



  • Grab a free water bottle on the way in from the Terminal Garage or bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up at the numerous water bottle filling stations located throughout the terminal.
  • Be mindful that many of IND’s shops and restaurants have adjusted operating hours
  • Wear a mask (per federal mandate) -- Complimentary face masks are available at the Guest Services desk.
  • Practice social distancing, whenever possible and feasible
  • Explore new artwork throughout the terminal with murals from local artists, a nature photography exhibition and the new KIND Gallery space. Learn more at:
  • When picking up friends or family, use the Cell Phone Lot to wait then proceed to the drive for pick-up or park in hourly parking and meet your guest inside