This April marks the 25th year of Southwest service into Indianapolis. As our 27th destination, service was initially composed of 11 daily departures to St. Louis and Detroit City Airport.
A hallmark of our entry into new markets has always been a reduction in fares, and Indianapolis was no exception. Compared to the $189.00 fares traditionally offered by other airlines to Detroit, our $49.00 walkup fares were a welcomed change.
Our first flight from Indianapolis was #830 to Detroit on April 3. More than 100 civic and other business leaders traveled in on other flights to join the festivities.
Attending the ceremonial ribbon cutting were John Vaughan, Indianapolis Airport Board President, Herb, Station Manager Liz Castell, and Daniel Orcutt, Executive Director of the Indianapolis airport.
Here, we see TJ Love and Herb posing with Training Manager Doug Chappell, CSA Supervisor Wendy Harland, and Ramp Agent Mason Harland.
With a little help from her enthusiastic Ground Crew, Station Manager Liz Castel marshals in the first arriving flight.
Now we see the full opening day Indy “Pit Crew” joined by Ground Operations Vice President Jim Wimberly (pictured in the top row, wearing a suit). If you look closely at the bottom right of the photo, you’ll see current Senior Vice President Operational Performance Greg Wells. Comment below if you recognize any other current Employees.