Will Be Completed In September
Fishers, IN Town Council has commissioned a $150,000 study to help
determine if a new regional airport in Anderson could successfully
replace the small one in Fishers that is sitting on prime real
Indianapolis-based Aerofinity is conducting the study and hopes
to have it completed by September, said company president Sue
Schalk. The study will examine the feasibility of replacing the
Anderson Municipal Airport (AID), which handles corporate and
freight jets, with a new regional hub, according to the Associated
"We will be looking at both airports to determine what type of
corporate business users there are there and what type of demand
there is now and in the future," Schalk said.
Fishers Aiport has been hovering around the chopping block for
quite some time. The 445 acres the airport sits on is prime,
tax-free land in the Indianapolis suburb. The airport handles small
planes and jets, and according to local officials generates no
revenue. As the airport is surrounded by commercial and residential
development it cannot expand to accommodate larger jets and
increased economic growth.
"We're landlocked," said Fishers Town Manager Gary Huff. "Jet
fuel sales are a huge revenue generator."
A proposal last year to relocate the airport to a 1,000-acre
plot in a community just north of its current location was rejected
by the Noblesville City Council. But, Anderson officials welcomed
the proposal for a regional airport, saying it would provide a
"shot in the arm" for the city's economy.
"The potential for economic development for the city of Anderson
would be greatly enhanced by a state-of-the-art airport facility,"
Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority operates uses Fishers and
four other small airports to relieve congestion at Indianapolis
International Airport. It would also have to approve such a
Lacy Johnson, authority president, has said it would consider
moving Fishers once local governments could decide upon and approve