Indianapolis Airport Announces Direct Flights to Paris

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana Statehouse Newsroom)  -- For the first time an Indiana airport will have direct flights to Europe. Next year Delta will offer direct flights from Indianapolis to Paris.

The state is hoping this flight will bring in $50 million dollars a year from tourism and to possible businesses setting up base in the Hoosier State.

“It really is mission critical in selecting domestic markets in which to grow,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb.  State leaders said nonstop air service is crucial for businesses picking headquarters and areas for job creation.

“If you build it they will come, if they can get there,” said Speaker Brian Bosma, who was putting his twist on the famous Field of Dreams line. 

And the state is betting big, investing potentially millions to make this flight possible. It's part of Gov. Holcomb's push to bring international flights from Europe to Indiana.

This new flight is part of the $10 million Gov. Holcomb budgeted to improve air service development. At least five million of that is expected to be used as incentives for delta to get more passengers flying.

It is a big investment in a Paris-Indianapolis connection, but state leaders said they hope this is just the beginning for Indiana airports.

“We're looking at Ft. Wayne, Evansville, our regional airports. It's equally important when businesses are looking to invest and grow their market share they go where folks are investing in themselves,” said Gov. Holcomb. “And that's what we're doing here.” 

The first flight will leave from Indianapolis for Paris on May 24, just a couple days before the Indianapolis 500. So naturally the first flight is Delta 500 that will be starting its engines.      

The flight would leave Indianapolis at 6:20 p.m. and arrive in Paris just before 9 a.m. the next day.

The return flight will leave at 1:15 p.m., landing just after 4:30 p.m.

This is a year-round flight and tickets will go on sale September 23.

(This story was originally published on September 6, 2017)


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