WASHINGTON, DC â€“ Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) this week praised the announcement by Southwest Airlines that it is expanding service at the Indianapolis International Airport by adding new nonstop flights to Washington, DCâ€™s Reagan National Airport beginning on November 2, 2014.
As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Coats has been advocating for additional air service on behalf of Indianaâ€™s commercial airports.
â€śWith this announcement, Southwest Airlines is acknowledging that Indiana is one of the most business friendly states in America and home to a vibrant, nationally-recognized airport,â€ť said Coats. â€śA growing and competitive airline industry is one key to Indianaâ€™s economic success, and todayâ€™s announcement is a win for both Hoosiers who travel and the city of Indianapolis.â€ť
Indianapolis is Americaâ€™s 11th largest city and the city hosts over 20 million visitors per year. The Indianapolis International Airport recently opened a new $1.1 billion terminal. The Indy airport also recently ranked number one in overall passenger satisfaction, according to a J.D. Power and Associates survey of the 64 major airports in the United States.