Indianapolis Airport expects record travel for the fall break



Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal is located between the runways of Indianapolis International Airport. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis International Airport officials advise travelers to stop this weekend (Sept.

The airport expects more than 17,000 passengers to depart Indianapolis on Friday and nearly 18,000 will depart on Saturday. This is based on forecasts by the Federal Traffic Safety Authority.

“Since the new terminal opened in 2008, we have seen this passenger volume only a few times,” said Keith Berlen, senior director of operations and public safety for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “So this weekend is well on the way to becoming one of the busiest, and it’s important that travelers plan accordingly.”

People who fly between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. are likely to be most affected. Passengers flying during this period are advised to arrive at least two hours earlier.

Indy Airport also strongly encouraged travelers to sign up for the TSA PreCheck at for a smoother screening process that includes taking off shoes, belts, 3-1-1- Liquids, laptops or. makes light jackets superfluous.

TSA checkpoint A opens at 3:30 a.m. and checkpoint B opens at 4:15 a.m. Hoosiers can pass one of the TSA checkpoints and go to their gate. TSA PreCheck is only available at Checkpoint A. The airline ticket counters vary in opening times, but they usually open two hours before departure.


  • Always check the flight status with the airline before arriving at the airport
  • Arrive a full two hours before the departure time to check in, go through security and get to the gate well in advance of the boarding call.
  • Download the airline’s mobile app for all relevant travel updates
  • Use a mobile boarding pass or print out boarding passes in advance
  • Download the MyTSA app for 24/7 access to the most requested airport security information, including helpful tips on how to prepare for security, including a searchable database of items that can and cannot be carried in checked or carry-on baggage.
  • Pack cleverly – look for prohibited items and follow the 3-1-1 fluid rule. Find out more at:
  • Bring / Wear a Face Mask – Complimentary face masks are available from Guest Services in the terminal, and state mask requirements at airports, airplanes and public transit have been extended to January 2022.
  • Learn more about COVID-19 health and safety measures at
  • If necessary, COVID-19 tests are available at IND. To find out more, visit:



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