Indy Airport anticipates big travel day on Sunday

Officials at the Indianapolis Airport Authority are advising air travelers to plan for possible long lines at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) this weekend, particularly on Sunday morning, as the Bands of America Grand National Championships participants and fans head back home. Visit Indy anticipates more than 39,000 visitors will be in the city for this event.

Airport officials advise travelers to plan ahead, pack smart, and get to the airport early to help make their travel experience as smooth as possible.

The federal Transportation Security Administration estimates more than 16,000 passengers will fly out of the Indy airport on Sunday.

Early morning flights (5 a.m. – 7 a.m.) are the most impacted and airport officials encourage travelers flying out during this timeframe to arrive at least two hours early.

TSA checkpoint A opens at 3:30 a.m. and checkpoint B opens at 4:15 a.m. Hoosiers can process through either TSA checkpoint and proceed to their gate. TSA PreCheck is only available on checkpoint A. Airline ticket counters opening time varies, but generally they open two hours before flight departure.

The Indy airport also strongly encourages travelers 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. To help travelers pack smart, download the MyTSA app for access to the most frequently requested airport security information or use the helpful search feature on the TSA website to determine “What Can I Bring?” in a carry-on or checked bag.

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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 2019, IND served more than 9.5 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. IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.