In the July-August 2017 issue of BizVoice® magazine, a two-page spread outlined the nonstop destinations for major airports in Indiana and the Midwest. When putting that together, we knew it would at least be partially outdated rather quickly.

One of the reasons for the rapid changes is the success of Indianapolis International Airport in adding new direct flights. The pinnacle of that effort, at least up to now, was the September 2017 announcement of direct service on Delta Airlines to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris – with important connections from there to numerous destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Travelers – both business and personal – can book your tickets now. Here is some of the information you need to know:

  • This is the first scheduled transatlantic flight in the history of the state
  • Over 300 people a day already travel – with that number sure to increase – to various destinations in Europe
  • The strong industry ties between Paris and Indianapolis include motorsports, technology, aviation and health care

“The Indiana Chamber, along with many others, worked to help secure this opportunity. We especially encourage business travelers to take advantage of these new crucial connections,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “Strong usage, such as seen in the airport’s direct flights to the West Coast, will help lead to future new flights.”

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The first outbound flight (approximately eight-and-a-half hours) leaves Indianapolis at 6:12 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The inaugural arrival from Paris is at 4:27 p.m. the following day. Service on the 767-300ER aircraft is currently scheduled for five days a week in April-May and September-October, daily from June through August, four times a week in November-December and three times a week in January-March.

More than 20 cities will be accessible with less than a two-and-a-half-hour connection time. They include Barcelona, Copenhagen, Geneva, London and Munich. Delta forecasts the following as additional popular ultimate destinations for Indiana travelers: Lagos, Nigeria; Budapest, Hungary; Mumbai and Bengaluru, India; Rome; and Amsterdam.

Indianapolis International Airport has earned numerous awards, including six straight years as the best airport in North America.

Listen to our late 2017 podcast with airport executive director Mario Rodriguez.