Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Indianapolis International Airport Opens New Terminal

Airport holds opening ceremony for new terminal from
Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - Airport officials held a ceremony Tuesday afternoon to mark the opening of the new terminal at Indianapolis International Airport. [video and additional coverage also]

New Indy Airport Terminal opens tonight! from ExpressJet Forum by xjtksig
New Airport Set To Take Flight - Travel News Story - WRTV Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first planes are scheduled to arrive at the Indianapolis International Airport's new terminal Tuesday night.
An afternoon opening ceremony will include cutting a 1,000-foot ribbon, dozens of speakers, bagpipes and a flyover by the Indiana National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing. 6News plans to have live coverage of the terminal's grand opening at 1 p.m. on and 6News 24/7.
The first commercial flight is scheduled to arrive after 8 p.m. The first departures will take place Wednesday morning.
Airport officials pushed back the opening of the new $1 billion terminal by two weeks to coincide with Veteran's Day. Indianapolis Airport Authority board president Randall Tobias said the new date was selected as a tribute to veterans.

$1.1 Billion Airport Set to Open from Headlines - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
The first new major airport in the country since September 11, 2001 opens today in Indiana. The initial flight is scheduled to arrive this evening at the new Indianapolis International Airport and departures will begin tomorrow. The 1.2 million square-foot terminal has an estimated price tag of $1.1 billion. The Indianapolis Airport Authority says it was built without state or local tax dollars.

New Indianapolis airport terminal opens today - Fox 28, IN
... weeks to coincide with Veteran's Day. Indianapolis Airport Authority board president Randall Tobias said the new date was selected as a tribute to veterans.

Airport Check-in: Indianapolis readies $1.1B terminal
from - Today In the Sky by Ben Mutzabaugh
From USA TODAY's Airport Check-in column: "The new main terminal of Indianapolis International will formally open on Tuesday after three years of construction. The $1.1 billion facility — named Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal — will be able to handle...

New era ready to take off at Indy airport
from - Top Stories
1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony kicks off opening of $1.1 billion gateway to the city.

Can the New Indianapolis Airport Terminal be Justified? from
It’s a big week in Indianapolis as the airport opens a brand new, $1.1 billion terminal that completely replaces the old one. It’s always an exciting time when a new terminal opens, because the passenger experience is inevitably improved dramatically, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the right thing to do. ...

My Sneak Preview of the New Indianapolis Airport That Opens Tonight
Next stop on the roadtrip: Indianapolis. My main reason for being here was a visit with the in-laws, but while I was in town, I was able to arrange a tour of the brand-spanking new Indianapolis Airport that opens tonight, November 11. Ok, so it’s not actually a new airport in that the runways aren’t moving, but the new terminal completely replaces the old one, which will be knocked down. ...

Feeling Like A Little Kid Again from IndyInsights
So now I’ve seen the virtually finished product.
The new Weir Cook Terminal at our new Indianapolis International Airport is within hours of receiving its first passengers.
And tomorrow morning, it will be full-go for both arrivals and departures.
During ribbon-cutting ceremonies this afternoon, I had several goose-bump moments (including the one in the photo above, where I got my own snip of the ribbon).

AirTran Airways to move Indianapolis operations to new airport - Trading Markets (press release), CA
From 20:00 on 11 November all AirTran Airways flights to Indiana will arrive at the new Indianapolis International Airport at gates B17, B21, B23 and B25. ...

Who was H Weir Cook? - from

Harvey Weir Cook was born in Wilkinson, Indiana in 1892. He graduated from Anderson High School and attended college at both DePauw University in Greencastle and Washington & Jefferson University in Washington, Pennsylvania. In 1917, he joined the United States Army Air Service and was a combat ace and captain during World War I, officially downing seven enemy planes.

Cook was a pioneer in bringing Indianapolis its first principal airport. The Indianapolis International Airport was known as the Weir-Cook Airport from 1944 to 1976. In 1942, he returned to military service as lieutenant colonel in World War II, where he was killed while flying a Bell Airacobra P-39 over New Caledonia. A memorial in his honor remains on display at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Source: Indiana Historical Bureau

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