Spring Break Travel to Exceed 2021, Nearing 2019 Levels Overall
Florida flights exceeding 2019 levels with 11,000 more seats in March 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2022) – The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) anticipates a 31 percent overall increase in airline seat capacity this March compared to 2021, which will include the spring break periods for schools and universities across the state.
The Indy airport anticipates its airline partners will offer more than 110,000 passenger seats per week during March 2022, in response to pent-up demand for leisure travel.
“That’s nearly 16,000 seats per day in March, so the numbers are looking good,” said Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez. “In fact, those numbers are pretty close overall – just 9 percent down – from our airline partners’ pre-pandemic seat capacity in 2019.”
In addition, nonstop flights are on the rise again out of the Indy airport and right on the heels of 2019’s count, with 43 nonstop flights on the roster for March 2022 compared to 45 for March 2019.
“Florida; however, is the key destination out of IND for March, and seat capacity to Florida cities is anticipated to exceed 2019 numbers for that time period,” said Rodriguez. “We’re looking at 30 percent more weekly flights and 43 percent more weekly seats than in March 2019 when it comes to Florida destinations specifically.”
Many Florida destinations have seen a significant increase in seat capacity in March 2022 compared to March 2019, including Tampa (TPA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Sarasota (SRQ), Fort Myers (RSW), and Miami (MIA)
Also in March 2022, Indy airport airlines will offer two more flights per week to Cancun (CUN) compared to March 2019 – which is 113 percent more weekly seats.
“Seat capacity is an important indicator for the Indy airport,” said Marsha Stone, IAA’s senior director of commercial enterprise. “It shows the airlines’ confidence in the Indianapolis market, and that means more opportunity for Hoosier travelers.”
PREPARING FOR SPRING BREAK TRAVEL
With travel to be very near March 2019 pre-pandemic levels, it’s important for travelers to be prepared before arriving at the airport. Plan ahead, pack smart, and get to the airport early.
Airport officials say early morning flights (5 a.m. – 8 a.m.) are the most impacted by the surge in travel and encourages travelers flying out during this timeframe to arrive at least two hours early.
TSA checkpoint A opens at 4:15 a.m. and checkpoint B opens at 3:45 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 https://www.tsa.gov/precheck for a smoother screening process, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops or light jackets.
Before leaving for the airport
- 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, 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: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips/refresh-your-memory-liquid-rules
- 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 is in effect until further notice.
- Learn more about COVID-19 health and safety measures at www.ind.com/covid19
- If needed, COVID-19 testing is available at IND. To learn more, visit: www.ind.com/covid19testing
Plan ahead for parking
- For help determining parking options at IND, visit https://www.ind.com/parking
- For a contactless parking experience at IND, register for the free parkIND plus program https://www.ind.com/parking/parkind-plus-program
- Valet parking offers the closest proximity to the pedestrian walkway to the terminal. To learn more, visit https://www.ind.com/parking/valet
At the terminal
- 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
- Concourse Connector allows you to explore available options in both concourses, no matter which one you are flying out of
- Most food (excluding liquids) can be brought through TSA screening https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/food
- Wear a mask (per federal mandate) -- Complimentary face masks are available at the Guest Services desk
- Practice social distancing, whenever possible and feasible
- For more COVID-19 health and safety measures, visit www.ind.com/covid19
- Explore new artwork throughout the terminal with murals from local artists, displays highlighting Black experiences and the new KIND Gallery space. Learn more at: https://www.ind.com/community/arts-program
- 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
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