File photo of CVG airport; Michael Benedic | WCPO
Traffic is soaring at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
CINCINNATI -- Traffic is soaring at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The airport saw in increase in local origin and destination passengers for nine out of 12 months during 2013.
Officials said local passengers for the month of December improved 13 percent as compared to 2012.
That is the largest year-over-year monthly improvement since Dec. 2009, according to CVG.
Overall, the airport saw a 2.8 percent increase in local passengers compared to 2012.
Airport workers said more than 2.1 million travelers originated from CVG last year.
Managers said the arrival of Frontier Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, expansion of US Air and improved schedules from Delta drove that improvement. Charter traffic was up significantly, as well.
“All of the passenger, cargo and revenue metrics are moving in the right direction and showing a very positive story of reinvention at CVG,” James Huff, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, said in a release.
Cargo traffic has also grown at CVG. Officials said cargo traffic increased about 9 percent year-over-year. CVG currently ranks at the 10th largest airport for the U.S. for total tonnage.
“The increase in cargo helps CVG keep its landing fees stable, which is attractive to prospective carriers” Candace McGraw, chief executive officer of CVG, said in a release. “As a result of prudent financial planning, a large portion of debt will be retired in March 2014. This has allowed us to reduce landing fees by approximately 30 percent in 2014 and 2015 further improving CVG’s ability to recruit new carriers to CVG.”
Airport managers said CVG offers nonstop departures to 47 cities, more than any other airport in the region.
One of the most powerful reasons we are growing is because of the outstanding customer service passengers receive at CVG,” McGraw said. “The CVG community recognizes it is serving its family, friends and neighbors on a daily basis and you can count on our employees to turn on the Midwestern charm that has led our airport to be named Best Regional Airport in North America three straight years.”