You beat me to it.
"From January through March, the airport recorded the busiest three months in its history, serving more than 2 million passengers, new airport data show. The total eclipsed last year's record first quarter by 15 percent and is more than double the 7 percent growth rate nationally, according to airport and other figures."
15% over last year's record quarter is incredible. With TZ
pulling out I doubt they will continue to see that kind of growth. But with FL
moving in and NW
getting 3 additional gates it is entirely possible. The local demand is still there with or without TZ
and I would guess that NW
is connecting about as many passengers in IND
was. By early 2008 the airport will be quite a mess. A growth rate of 5% will put them at nearly 9 million by the start of 2008. By 2010 the number would be close to 10 million. The new facility is definately needed.
Construction on the new stadium starts August 1 to be completed in 2008 as well plus that will qualify Indianapolis for a Superbowl which would put an even bigger demand on the facilities of the event were to be hosted plus the doubling in size of the convention center.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what this is going to do to our taxes. Sigh.
Oh and Indiana also starts daylight saving time next spring. weeeee. lol