INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Airport Authority has plans to enhance its service plaza that will include natural gas fueling options, new restaurants, and service bays.
Through a land-and-concessions agreement with Airport Plazas Indianapolis, LLC, the work will be done on the south side of the Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive at the entrance of the airport.
”Our customers have told us they’d like fueling and other convenience options available closer to the airport,” Bob Duncan, interim executive director for IAA, said in a press release. “We are pleased to work with Airport Plazas to meet this demand and to ensure a wide variety of additional amenities are conveniently and easily accessible to those traveling to and from the airport.”
Airport Plazas has negotiated with or worked with several airports on similar projects, including Newark, JFK, Fort Myers, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Dallas/Ft. Worth.
According to the plans, IAA will utilize about 2.5 acres that will include both gasoline and natural gas fueling services, a convenience store, car wash, auto service bay, fast food restaurants, and a new cell phone lot.
Through the agreement, Airport Plazas will take charge of all of the development and operating costs, with the airport receiving ground, concession rent, and fuel-flowage fees during the 30-year agreement term.
Stefano Pascucci, executive vice president of Airport Plaza, said, “We are excited about the opportunity for one of our developments at Indianapolis International Airport. The location and visibility are fantastic and the team from the Indianapolis Airport Authority has been very business friendly.”
The service plaza has a projected opening date of mid-2013.
In addition, this will mark the second clean-energy fueling option the airport offers. Last year, it opened an electric vehicle charging station in the parking garage.