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United Airlines announced Wednesday it will soon begin offering a nonstop flight from Indianapolis to San Francisco.
Governor Mike Pence says he had heard from many business owners telling him how important the flight would be to Indiana.
“I was told again and again that if Indiana was going to be able to compete fully for attracting businesses from the West coast, that the Hoosier state would need to be connected nonstop to this market on a daily basis,” he says.
Pence said Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith led a collaborative effort to pursue the nonstop route.
“We’ve been clamoring for this for a long time, trying to make this work,” Mayor Greg Ballard said, also giving credit to Exact Target CEO Scott Dorsey.
Dorsey says the flight is a “gamechanger” for Indiana‘s tech sector and will lead to more venture investment, board seats, mentorships and strategic partnerships.
The flight will leave Indianapolis at 8 a.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 10 a.m. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 1:35 p.m., and arrive in Indianapolis at 8:51 p.m.. The new service is scheduled to begin January 7.