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CVG Airport Shows Passenger Growth, Lower Fares in First Quarter

The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) remains the fastest-growing major airport in the country with a 17 percent increase in local passenger traffic year over year.The airport also set a new quarter record for cargo tonnage, handling 289,835 tons, according to a news release.

That reflects year over year growth of 41 percent.

In the first quarter of the year, CVG added seven new destinations, with Allegiant adding flights to Charleston, S. C. and Sarastoa, Fla., and Frontier adding service to Austin, San Antonio, San Jose, Jacksonville, and Raleigh/Durham.

Six more destinations will begin soon, totaling sixty-one nonstop destinations.

Delta begins nonstop service to Austin on May 1 and to Phoenix on Nov. 4.

Southwest will begin nonstop service to Denver on August 7.

Vacation Express will begin service to Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Bahama Island this spring.

WOW air begins low-cost international service on May 9, and added a 5th frequency to its service for the summer travel period.

CVG received its best airfare ranking from the Department of Transportation making it the lowest fare airport in the region. Overall, airfares at CVG are down 46 percent in the last five years and passengers are paying on average $215 less per ticket.

During the first quarter, CVG completed upgrades to the parking garage, baggage claim, curb fronts and other areas incorporating regional branding elements from Ohio and Kentucky including the Roebling Bridge, Smale Riverfront Park and Kentucky’s bourbon heritage to enhance the passenger experience.

-Staff report

Photo: WOW air announces service from CVG (RCN file)