Indianapolis gains more Spirit as Routes Americas 2020 approaches

Indianapolis gains more Spirit as Routes Americas 2020 approaches

Spirit launched operations at Indianapolis back in 2019, with a nod to Indy’s world-famous Indycar. The ULCC now operates four routes from the airport: Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Myers, and Tampa.

Routes America 2020 is being held in Indianapolis between 04 and 06 February.  The past two years have been eventful for Indianapolis International Airport. The launch of Delta’s first international service came in 2018, with Spirit launching at the airport under a year later. Fort Myers and Tampa flights commenced in W19, alongside Allegiant flights to West Palm Beach and Tuscon, and Frontier flights to Cancun. Already announced new routes in S20 include American’s new direct Boston service. 

Top airlines: Southwest #1, American top connecting

Top-five non-stop carriers Top 5 connecting carriers
Southwest 2,248,097 (-3%) American 1,329,621 (+8%)
Delta 1,057,612 (+8%) Delta 1,293,202 (+6%)
American 958,667 (-2%) United 684,396 (-3%)
United 549,562 (-4%) Southwest 639,893 (-4%)
Allegiant 538,716 (+1%) Air Canada 43,173 (-3%)
Source: OAG Traffic Analyser. Year ending Nov 2019 vs previous year.

On the whole, traffic has been steady in 2019 compared with 2018. Delta has been the largest grower on average, posting increased non-stop and connecting traffic figures. With Atlanta the top connecting hub from Indy, this is to be expected.

Portland, OR leads top-10 unserved markets on an airport-basis

Destination Indirect passengers PDEW
Portland, OR 50,000 68
San Antonio 47,000 64
Milwaukee 40,000 55
Sacramento 37,000 51
Pittsburgh 37,000 51
San Juan 26,000 51
London Heathrow 32,000 44
Los Cabos 28,000 38
Montego Bay 27,000 37
Omaha 27,000 37
Source: OAG Traffic Analyser. Year ending Nov 2019 vs previous year. *PDEW = Passengers per day, each way.

Indy’s route development strategy currently consists of two main areas: bolstering North American connectivity and adding new services to Europe. Maggie Bishop, Air Service Development Analyst, said: “Our air service strategy continues to focus on increased service both domestic and international markets, including:

  • West Coast of the U.S.
  • Drive markets from Indianapolis such as St. Louis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Memphis, Cleveland and more
  • International markets in Canada, Mexico and Europe”

Indianapolis International Airport is hosting Routes Americas 2020, from 04 – 06 February.



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