Delta Air Lines will offer the new flight, which is currently available Oct. 1 through Dec. 18. The route hasn’t been served since 2015.
A ticket for a one-way flight from IND to MEM on Oct. 1 started at $188 when searched on Delta’s website about noon Saturday. The one hour and 35-minute flight would replace a roughly seven-hour drive from Central Indiana.
Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of FedEx’s largest hub, which gives the new route an added benefit to the FedEx employees located in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez said in a news release.
Other new flights at IND this year will take passengers to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Ft. Myers, Florida; and St. Louis.
IND set passenger records in March 2019. A year later, COVID-19 cut those in half.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority said the drop in passenger traffic due to the pandemic has led some airlines to make route adjustments based on demand.
“The reality of COVID has brought a shift in market demand, and we could see more shift in this direction as the pandemic runs its course,” Rodriguez said in the news release. “We applaud airlines like Delta who are at the forefront of those shifts and pivoting to meet them.”
Overall passenger traffic at IND was 51.4% lower in March compared to March 2019, according to data released by the airport in May. The airport received more than $52 million from the federal CARES Act.
Delta disinfects planes before each flight, uses air-circulation systems to filter out viruses and limits the number of customers per flight, the news release said. Face masks are required at the airport and in the planes.
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