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This year's winter was brutal for many, but one Indianapolis business is being credited for handling all that ice and snow with ease. The Indianapolis International Airport has won the Blachen/Post award. The award is given annually in support of improved control of snow and ice at airports and to recognize those leading the industry in that area. The airport also won the award for 1981-1982 and 2002-2003.
"Effective winter operations on airfields means safely and efficiently mitigating a number of risk factors," said Mike Medvescek, senior director of operations for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. "Proper training and advanced equipment enhances our ability to perform. Our dedicated employees understand that safety is priority one. We live it every day."
The winter of 2013-2014 saw more than 50 inches of snow fall at the airport, including a January storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the airport in one afternoon. Despite the onslaught of frozen precipitation, the airport's snow team kept the airfield open and safely operating nonstop throughout the entire season.
Meantime, Indianapolis International Airport's maintenance, terminal services, concessionaire team, public safety, and other operating personnel ensured the inside of the terminal remained operating and accessible at all times as well, with at least a few restaurants staying open during scheduled hours even during the worst of the storms.