Airport officials make investments to boost revenue as overall travel continues to decline

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Indianapolis International Airport officials are considering an array of improvements in hopes of saving money and inspiring more travel. The airport has seen a decline in passengers, and as a result, less revenue is coming in.

“We’re always looking for ways to reduce our costs and increase what we call non-airline revenue,” said Bob Duncan, Indianapolis International Airport executive director.

Non-airline revenue is the money coming into the airport through parking, and the purchase of food, drinks, and merchandise inside along with the store or restaurant leases.

Duncan said they are particularly focused on parking area improvements such as shorter wait times for shuttles, new, more efficient routes, better signage for travelers and new buses.

They have about $1 million budgeted for this cause, but some of the money will be spent on regular maintenance.

“I think that’s a big benefit,” said Craig Delucio, a traveler who said he always arrives at the airport two hours early in hopes of avoiding any big problems.

The airport is also in the process of installing electrical outlets that include USB recharging ports below seats at the gates.

“My flight was delayed so if I didn’t have this plug, I wouldn’t be able to do anything,” said Taylor Childers, another traveler.

Other considerations that could increase revenue are the possible lease of office space above the main terminal and new development onsite or at the old airport.

“Do we have land that could be developed that may not need to be used for aeronautical purposes, absolutely,” said Duncan.

A convenience store and gas station will be built just off the interstate as travelers approach the airport. Crews are expected to start working this spring. A solar farm will also be constructed nearby.

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