Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport fastest growing local market

Edited from PRNewswire/Special to The Travel Trolley

CINCINNATI — Local passengers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) grew almost 21 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008, according to the 3rd Quarter 2009 DOT report.

That moved CVG to the top position for the largest increase in local passenger traffic.

“CVG has seen explosive growth in its local passenger base over the last year, helping to fill parking lots and improve related revenue streams,” John C. Mok, the airport’s CEO, said in a news release. “This DOT report confirms that CVG is supported by a large local population base with high levels of demand for air travel.”

Another indicator that CVG’s local market has a high demand for air service is load factor (the percent the plane is full on departure). For the summer and fall months 2009, CVG’s load factors were extremely high, ranging from 73 percent to over 96 percent. The high load factors indicate that flights are full at CVG.

“These reports from the DOT, individually and combined, further emphasize the validity and importance of the Airport Board’s message to the airline industry. The Tri-State Region has a level of demand for air service greater than the capacity currently offered at CVG,” Mok added.

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