One thing that strikes me as I walk through the now operational New Indianapolis International Airport is how much it has transformed since opening. The presence of the traveling public has radically changed every aspect of the airport.
The fundamental difference is that this new site and terminal is no longer the destination. It is now a hallway of sorts.
The past four years, the New Indianapolis Airport has been a destination for me. It’s been “the field” or “the site.” When recording mileage for the company vehicles you write in a purpose or destination; I would write “New IND.” The airport was the endpoint, it was the purpose, of much of my work over the past four years.
Now it is a transit point. When a person books a flight out of town and you ask them where they are going, they will say something like “Florida” or “Atlanta” or maybe even “Europe.” The New Indianapolis Airport is not their endpoint nor is it the point of their trip, it is now a hallway through which they pass on the way to some far off destination.
The New Indianapolis Airport is now a transportation tool in its purest form. But it is so much more than that. People traveling to the New Indianapolis Airport would tell you that their destination is Indianapolis. As soon as they step off the jet-bridge they would tell you they were in Indy. For many people the New Indianapolis Airport is their first impression. How they view the whole city can be affected by simple things in how the airport serves them. This airport is a service that Indianapolis provides to the traveling public.