Indianapolis welcomed the arrival of Alaska Airlines on 11 May, with the Indiana airport welcoming its newest carrier by hosting an Indy 500 Alaska Airlines-themed racing car in the terminal, while a cake and a ribbon cutting were also conducted. Seen speaking at the airport to welcome Alaska Airlines is Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis.
- Alaska Airlines added the city of Indianapolis (IND) to its network on 11 May by beginning daily flights from Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). The 2,993-kilometre sector will be flown by the airline on a mixture of its 737s, with no other carrier offering direct competition. “This flight is a testament to the power of collaboration and a collective commitment to uplift Indianapolis,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett at the launch. “But this is truly more than a new flight. It’s a new route to economic development, job creation and talent retention – a new connection with the West Coast for businesses in Indianapolis, and across our state.” Since announcing its intention to serve Indianapolis with flights from Seattle in August 2016, Alaska Airlines has also announced it will be adding a non-stop, daily service from San Francisco beginning 26 September. “The investment of a second flight to a crucial market, so quickly after announcing its non-stop daily flight to Seattle, makes a statement that Alaska Airlines anticipates Indianapolis can deliver the business and leisure passenger traffic they need to run successful routes out of our city,” said Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. This year’s 101st running of the Indy 500 takes place on Sunday 28 May and will feature for the first time double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.