United Airlines announces new nonstop service from Indy to San Francisco
Flights connect Indy to Silicon Valley, Asia
Last Updated: 99 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - United Airlines and city officials announced a new nonstop service from Indianapolis to San Francisco on Wednesday.
Flight 500 will debut January 7 and will provide nonstop service between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco.
"Nonstop flights to San Francisco are an absolute game changer for our tech community," Scott Dorsey, CEO of ExactTarget, said.
Dorsey pushed for the nonstop flights, saying not only will they help his company, but they will help the entire Hoosier state.
"Connectivity between Indiana and Silicon Valley is of the utmost importance as we really establish ourselves as a capital for tech innovation," Dorsey explained.
San Francisco is more than the gateway to Silicon Valley, but also a launching point to Asia and all the economic opportunities that part of the world can bring.
"We must make sure we are connected to the rest of the world as much as possible. Despite all the great things, not being able to get easily from point to point really hampers our ability to do business," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told RTV6.
Area leaders hope United’s new direct flights will allow new business opportunities, including new jobs and new money, to take flight as well.
"This is a moment where Indiana takes one more important step of connecting our people and our businesses to the wider world," Governor Mike Pence said.
Indianapolis also recently announced new nonstop flights to Los Angeles.
RTV6 also learned what brands will be part of the new service plaza at the Indianapolis International Airport. A Circle K convenience store will open later in September along with a Shell gas station. A Subway restaurant will open in October, followed by a Petro’s Chili and Chips later this year.
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