Indianapolis International Airport seeing highest number of non-stop destinations in a decade

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Indianapolis International's newest non-stop flight took off Friday morning.

Allegiant Airlines' first flight from Indianapolis to Austin took off at 10:50 a.m. They will offer the non-stop flight every Monday and Friday at the same time with return service the same day.

Allegiant will launch its seasonal service to Destin/Ft. Walton Beach Florida May 26. It will also operate Mondays and Fridays, at 9:35 p.m. from May 26 - Aug. 14.

Both destinations were announced in January.

That brings the airport's total number of non-stop destinations to 46, the highest in a decade. Just before ATA Airlines folded in 2008, Indy had 49 non-stop destinations. In 2013, that number was only 32.

"Our airline partners are listening and investing in what passengers tell us they want," Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, said in a statement. "Together, we're delivering more access and connections for leisure and business destinations - and this month is a testament to the success of that collaborative work."

Rodriguez said Austin is one of the top five unserved destinations for Indianapolis.

This month Alaska Air landed in Indy, providing non-stop service to Seattle.

Southwest will offer non-stop flights to San Diego beginning June 2.

All destinations have been "top gets" for several years.