Increased air travel expected later this week due to Spring Break

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Airport Authority anticipates approximately 48,500 passengers will travel through the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) later this week and into the weekend.

The IAA reminds passengers of the following tips as they head to the Indy airport this week to fly out to their destinations.

Indianapolis International Airport exterior

PREPARING FOR SPRING BREAK TRAVEL With travel reaching very near March 2019 pre-pandemic levels, travelers need to be prepared before arriving at the airport. Plan ahead, pack smart and get to the airport early.

Airport officials say early morning flights (5 a.m. – 8 a.m.) are the most impacted by the surge in travel and encourage travelers flying out during this timeframe to arrive at least two hours early. TSA checkpoint A opens at 4:15 a.m. and checkpoint B opens at 3:45 a.m. Hoosiers can process through either TSA checkpoint and proceed to their gate.

Busy TSA Line

TSA PreCheck is only available at checkpoint A. Airline ticket counters opening time varies, but generally, they open two hours before flight departure. The Indy airport also strongly encouraged travelers to consider the following travel tips below and to sign up for TSA PreCheck at for a smoother screening process, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, or light jackets. Before leaving for the airport

  • Always check flight status with the airline prior to arriving at the airport
  • Arrive a full two hours ahead of the departure time to get checked in, through security, and to the gate in plenty of time before boarding call
  • Download the airline’s mobile app for all pertinent travel update
  • Use a mobile boarding pass or print boarding passes ahead of time
  • Download the MyTSA app for 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information, including helpful tips for preparing for security, including a searchable database of items that can and can’t go in checked or carry-on bags
  • Pack smart – check for prohibited items and follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Learn more at:
  • Bring/wear a face mask – Complimentary face masks are available at Guest Services in the terminal, and the federal mask requirement at airports and on aircraft and public transportation has been extended until April 18, 2022.
  • Learn more about COVID-19 health and safety measures at
  • If needed, COVID-19 testing is available at IND. To learn more, visit:
TSA line at Indianapolis International Airport

Plan ahead for parking

At the terminal

  • Bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up at the numerous water bottle filling stations located throughout the terminal
  • Be mindful that many of IND’s shops and restaurants have adjusted operating hours 
  • Concourse Connector allows you to explore available options in both concourses, no matter which one you are flying out of
  • Most food (excluding liquids) can be brought through TSA screening
  • Wear a mask (per federal mandate) — Complimentary face masks are available at the Guest Services desk
  • Practice social distancing, whenever possible and feasible
  • For more COVID-19 health and safety measures, visit
  • Explore new artwork throughout the terminal from local artists, and the new KIND Gallery space. Learn more at:
  • When picking up friends or family, use the Cell Phone Lot to wait then proceed to the drive for pick-up or park in hourly parking and meet your guest inside

About the Indianapolis Airport Authority

The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and Metropolitan Airport. IND generates a $5.4 billion total annual economic impact for Central Indiana – without relying on state or local taxes to fund operations. More than 10,000 people work at the airport each day, and 22,600 area jobs have a connection to the airport. In 2021, IND served more than 7.1 million business and leisure travelers. IND is consistently ranked, year after year, as the best airport in North America and the nation, based on ease of use, passenger amenities, customer service, local retail offerings, and public art. The airport is home of the world’s second-largest FedEx operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility. For more information, visit