HEBRON, Ky. -- Twenty-five of the 30 seats were booked for the launch of The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s newest flight.
Ultimate Air Shuttle took flight at 10:45 a.m. Monday morning to New York City via Morristown Airport, NJ, and based on the September bookings, is the most successful shuttle launch for the Cincinnati-based airline, said Rick Pawlak, managing director of Ultimate Air Shuttle.
“This is a great day for Ultimate Air, CVG and the region’s traveling public,” said Pawlak. “This is our opportunity to expand our Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky offering and show our commitment to this region. We believe the high level of service Ultimate Air provides is a perfect match for an airport that has been named Best Regional Airport in North America three straight years.”
Amidst the ribbon-cutting, the inaugural flight was given a water cannon salute, where two fire trucks shower the plane on each side with a stream of arching water overhead as it progressed to the tarmac.
It’s a day that marked a milestone for the airport and the county.
“As the airport continues to recreate itself, I believe this is a new exciting service to our business and corporate travelers,” said Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, who was in attendance for the ribbon-cutting.
Candace McGraw, chief executive officer at CVG, said she hopes the New York flight is just the beginning.
“We know Ultimate is flying to other markets and targeting new markets and we want to be a part of any expansion that takes place,” she said. “The company’s business model is very popular and we want this partnership to grow. It benefits Ultimate, CVG and our traveling community.”
Ultimate Air Shuttle has been at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati since 2009, adding more flights as passengers demanded. Currently, that airport has a waiting list. Which is why, Pawlak said they added flights to CVG.
The 30-seat Dornier 328 Jet will fly Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday out of CVG. The price for a round-trip ticket is $695 and a one-way ticket is $395. These ticket prices include all applicable taxes and fees.
Complete with 6’2 ceilings in the cabin, leather seats and more-than-typical leg room, the Ultimate Air Shuttle will offer four-day-a-week service at CVG, on top of the existing flights Lunken, doubling their flight capacity for a “VIP” experience.
James Huff, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, said “Ultimate Air brings a new business model to CVG. A public charter with VIP-level service. We know our passengers are looking for diversity when it comes to travel and this gives them something new to consider on their next trip.”
Some Of The VIP-Level Perks:
- Late check in up to 15 minutes before departure
- No cancelation penalty for changes made up to 24 hours in advance
- Concierge service for taxis and rental cars
No fees for parking, baggage and in-flight refreshments
- Complimentary covered parking adjacent to the CVG Administration Building
- Quick boarding without filing through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint
- Ultimate Air Shuttle lounge includes leather furniture, free Wi-Fi, cable T.V. and free refreshments.
- No charge for ground transportation between CVG, Fountain Square and Lunken for those passengers who use both airports or want a downtown drop-off at no cost. ___________________________________________________________
Ultimate Air Shuttle will offer the following schedule from CVG: flights depart CVG on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday at 10:45 a.m. and land at the Morristown, New Jersey Airport at 12:15 p.m. Ultimate Air Shuttle will leave Morristown at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, landing at CVG at 10 a.m.
On Wednesdays, the flights will depart CVG at 6:30 a.m. and land in Morristown, NJ, at 8:05 a.m. The return flight leaves Morristown at 5:15 p.m. and lands at CVG at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ultimateairshuttle.com.
This expansion to CVG, Pawlak said, is just Phase I. What’s next? He’s not sure, as it will depend on the demands of passengers.