Citing New Airlines, Better Schedule, Traffic at CVG Went Up in 2013
The number of passengers using the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was up nine of 12 months in 2013, as was the amount of cargo, the largest improvement in four years.
Local passengers for the month of December improved 13 percent compared to 2012. This is the largest year-over-year monthly improvement since December 2009. Overall, CVG finished 2013 with a 2.8 increase in local passengers compared to 2012. Over 2.1 million passengers originated travel from CVG.
According to a CVG press release issued this week, year-end results are seen as a key indicator of increasingly positive momentum for the region’s largest commercial airport.
Local passenger growth is the result of more than 59,000 new passengers. The arrival of Frontier Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, expansion of US Air and improved schedules from Delta that focused on local passengers drove the improvement, said airport officials. Charter traffic was up significantly as a result of enhanced leisure travel options provided by Vacation Express.
“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.
“We have invested in serving the local traveling public and those investments are paying off,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer of CVG. “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.”
In 2012, CVG made an investment in the remodeling of Concourse A. After being in operation for the duration of 2013, the carriers in Concourse A experienced a 12 percent growth in year-over-year, overseas and domestic passengers.
CVG has also experienced growth in its cargo traffic. Buoyed by DHL’s growing presence at the airport, cargo increased approximately 9 percent year-over-year. Based on a review of the top 20 U.S. Airports ranked by total cargo tonnage through Airports Council International, CVG has the largest growth rate with a 9 percent improvement for 12 months ending November 2013. CVG currently ranks as 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,” said McGraw. “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.”
CVG continues to be the premier airport in the Tri-State region, offering more than 170 peak day departures to 47 non-stop cities — more than any other airport in the region — and the only airport in the three states with direct service to Europe. Allegiant launches nonstop service on Feb. 12 to Orlando Sanford Airport and on Feb. 14 to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda Airport.
“One of the most powerful reasons we are growing is because of the outstanding customer service passengers receive at CVG,” she 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.”
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