CVG Saw Passenger, Cargo Numbers Take Off In ’13
By Mike Perleberg
(Hebron, Ky.) – More people are traveling through Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Airport officials say the number of local flyers using CVG jumped nearly three percent last year, with increases for nine out of 12 months in 2013. That’s about 59,000 more passengers than 2012.
“All of the passenger, cargo and revenue metrics are moving in the right direction and showing a very positive story of reinvention at CVG,” said James Huff, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board which oversees the airport.
The boost was in part because of the launch of Frontier Airlines’ service, in addition to Ultimate Air Shuttle, an expansion of US Air, and improved schedules from Delta Air Lines. In 2012, the airport remodeled its Concourse A and carriers boarding there saw a 12 percent increase passengers.
CVG CEO Candace McGraw also credited the airport’s customer service for the bounce-back.
“We have invested in serving the local traveling public and those investments are paying off,” said McGraw. “We’ve placed an emphasis on diversifying our carriers and our routes and it has made our airport very appealing to the region’s travelers. The airport’s long-term success is directly connected to growing our local passenger base.”
2014 could bring continued growth for CVG. In October, the airport announce that another low-cost carrier, Allegiant Air, would begin offering twice-weekly flights to Punta Gorda and Orlando, Florida in February.
Cargo flying through the airport is also up. DHL’s hub saw shipments increase nine percent compared to 2012. According to the Airports Council International, CVG is 10th in the U.S. in cargo tonnage and had the largest growth rate among the top 20 U.S. airports with a nine percent improvement.