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Indy Airport to Show Off City to Airline Decision Makers

Indy is a $1.7 billion airline market, with the attractions and workforce for success

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2020) – This is the week – the week of all weeks for the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) as Routes Americas lands for the first time in the city for its international conference – which is the world stage for airline decision makers.

“IND and hundreds of volunteers will be working overtime and in overdrive to bring Hoosier Hospitality to the world this week and help facilitate what is essentially high-stakes speed dating with airlines for route connectivity,” said Mario Rodriguez, Indianapolis Airport Authority executive director.

The Indy airport, Visit Indy and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation will host the conference, which begins tomorrow at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Mayor Joe Hogsett and Governor Eric Holcomb will also be in attendance during the conference, as they both understand how crucial air service and global connectivity is to the city’s and state’s economic growth.

“We collectively worked for nearly two years to land this prestigious and highly valuable conference, which has historically been held outside of the United States, with the exception of prior events in Denver and Las Vegas,” said Marsha Stone, IAA Sr. Director of Commercial Enterprise. “We’re ready and eager to show airline decision makers why they should choose Indy.”

Stone said it can take years for an airport to secure new routes and new airlines. But the Routes Americas conference is the international mecca to build those relationships.

“We’ll have a prime opportunity to show them the ‘why’ behind IND, rather than tell them from a distance,” said Stone.

Conference participants will have a chance to tour the city’s sports and culinary scene, hear from airline keynote speakers and panelists, and enjoy entertainment from Indy’s international singing ambassadors – the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

Participants will also learn how Indiana is becoming a leading force in developing the aviation workforce needed for airlines to be a success here with aviation programs available on the Indy airport campus and throughout the state at Purdue and Indiana State universities.

“The Indy airport is becoming a national hub for aviation career development,” said Rodriguez. “With Republic’s LIFT program, the Indy Aviation Career Education Academy camp and Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center all driving aviation training and education, Indy will be a big contributor to the U.S. aviation talent pipeline.”

During the conference, nearly 25 talented Hoosier university students pursuing aviation degrees will participate in the Routes Americas’ legacy program, in partnership with IND, IEDC, Visit Indy and Conexus, where they will have a chance to attend conference programs, hear industry speakers, and network with aviation professionals and executives.

“IND is a $1.7 billion airline market, and we have the attractions, the facilities, and the workforce to attract the best opportunities for Indiana,” said Rodriguez. “And this is our week to make that case – and we’re in it to win it!”

For more information about Routes Americas, click here.