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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Cincinnati Airport logo.png
Ariel View of CVG from East.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner Kenton County Airport Board
OperatorKenton County Airport Board
Serves Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky
Location2939 Terminal Drive
Hebron, Kentucky, U.S.
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation  AMSL896 ft / 273 m
Coordinates 39°02′56″N 084°40′04″W / 39.04889°N 84.66778°W / 39.04889; -84.66778
CVG is located in Kentucky
Location of airport in Kentucky / United States
CVG is located in the US
CVG (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 12,000 3,658 Asphalt/ Concrete
18C/36C 11,000 3,353 Asphalt/ Concrete
18L/36R 10,000 3,048 Concrete
18R/36L 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Total passengers7,842,149
Aircraft operations150,463
Sources: Airport website, [4] Federal Aviation Administration [5]

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ( IATA: CVG, ICAO: KCVG, FAA LID: CVG) is a public international airport located in Hebron, Kentucky, United States. It serves the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. The airport's code, CVG, comes from the nearest city at the time of its opening, Covington, Kentucky. [6] CVG covers an area of 7,000 acres (28.3 km2; 10.9 sq mi). [5] The airport houses the headquarters for Amazon Air, Delta Private Jets, DHL Americas, and Southern Air.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport offers non-stop passenger service to 63 destinations on 180-190 peak daily departures. [7] The airport is a focus city for Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, and Frontier Airlines, as well as being the largest market for Vacation Express. The airport's international destinations include Cancún, Cozumel, Freeport, Montego Bay, Paris, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo, and Toronto.

In addition, CVG is the fastest-growing cargo airport in North America. [8] The airport is a global hub for both Amazon Air and DHL Aviation, handling numerous domestic and international cargo flights every day. [9] Overall, CVG ranks 4th in North America for total cargo operations. [10]



CVG Airfield Layout Diagram (2016, FAA)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved preliminary funds for site development of the Greater Cincinnati Airport on February 11, 1942. This was part of the United States Army Air Corps program to establish training facilities during World War II. At the time, air traffic in the area centered on Lunken Airport just southeast of central Cincinnati. [11] Lunken opened in 1926 and was located in the Ohio River Valley. Due to its location, the airport frequently experienced fog, and the 1937 flood completely submerged its runways and two-story terminal building. [12] While federal officials wanted an airfield site that would not be prone to flooding, Cincinnati officials hoped to build Lunken into the premier airport of the region. [13]

A coalition of officials from Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties in Kentucky took advantage of Cincinnati's short-sightedness and lobbied Congress to build an airfield there. [14] Boone County officials offered a suitable site on the provision that Kenton County paid the acquisition cost. In October 1942, Congress provided $2 million to construct four runways. [11]

The field officially opened August 12, 1944, with the first B-17 bombers beginning practice runs on August 15. As the tide of the war had already turned, the Air Corps only used the field until 1945 before it was declared surplus. [11]

On October 27, 1946, a small wooden terminal building opened and the airport prepared for commercial service. Boone County Airlines was the first airline to provide scheduled service from the airport and had its headquarters at the airport. [11]

The first commercial flight, on an American Airlines DC-3 from Cleveland, Ohio, landed at the airport January 10, 1947, at 9:53 am. A Delta Air Lines flight followed moments later. [15] The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 97 weekday departures: 37 American, 26 Delta, 24 TWA, 8 Piedmont and 2 Lake Central. As late as November 1959 the airport had four 5,500 ft (1,700 m) runways at 45-degree angles, the north–south runway eventually being extended into today's runway 18C/36C.

In the 1950s, Cincinnati city leaders began pushing for a major expansion of a site in Blue Ash to compete with the Greater Cincinnati Airport and replace Lunken as the city's primary airport. [16] The city purchased Hugh Watson Field in 1955, turning it into Blue Ash Airport. [17] The city's Blue Ash development plans were hampered by community opposition, three failed Hamilton County bond measures, [18] political infighting, [19] and Cincinnati's decision not to participate in the federal airfield program. [20]

Airport diagram for December 1958

Jet age

On December 16, 1960, the jet age arrived in Cincinnati when a Delta Air Lines Convair 880 from Miami completed the first scheduled jet flight. The airport needed to expand and build more modern terminals and other facilities; the original Terminal A was expanded and renovated. The north–south runway was extended 3,100 to 8,600 ft (940 to 2,620 m). In 1964, the board approved a $12 million bond to expand the south concourse of Terminal A by 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2) and provide nine gates for TWA, American, and Delta. [11] A new east–west runway crossing the longer north–south runway was constructed in 1971 south of the older east–west runway.

In 1977, before the Airline Deregulation Act was passed, CVG, like many small airports, anticipated the loss of a lot of flights; creating the opportunity for Patrick Sowers, Robert Tranter, David and Raymound Muller to establish Comair to fill the void. The airline began service to Akron/Canton, Cleveland, and Evansville. In 1981, Comair became a public company, added 30-seat turboprops to its fleet, and began to rapidly expand its destinations. In 1984, Comair became a Delta Connection carrier with Delta's establishment of a hub at CVG. That same year, Comair introduced its first international flights from Cincinnati to Toronto. In 1992, Comair moved into Concourse C, as Delta Air Lines gradually continued to acquire more of the airlines stock. In 1993, Comair was the launch customer for the Canadair Regional Jet, of which it would later operate the largest fleet in the world. By 1999, Comair was the largest regional airline in the country worth over $2 billion, transporting 6 million passengers yearly to 83 destinations on 101 aircraft. Later that year, Delta Air Lines acquired the remaining portion of Comair's stock, causing Comair to solely operate Delta Connection flights. [21]

In 1988, two founders of Comair, Patrick Sowers and Robert Tranter, launched a new scheduled airline from CVG named Enterprise Airlines, that served 16 cities at its peak. The airline spearheaded the regional jet revolution in a unique manner by operating 10-seat Cessna Citation business jets in scheduled services. The flights became popular with Cincinnati companies. The airline served destinations including Baltimore, Boston, Cedar Rapids, Columbus (OH), Green Bay, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Memphis, Milwaukee, New York–JFK, and Wilmington (NC). [22] The airline also became the first international feed carrier by feeding the British Airways Concorde at JFK. In 1991, the airline ceased operations because of high fuel prices and the suspension of the British Airways contract after the first Gulf War.

Delta hub

Delta Air Lines' daily nonstop flight from CVG to Paris, currently flown with a Boeing 767-300ER, has operated continuously since 1990

In the mid-1980s, Delta created a hub in Cincinnati and constructed Terminal C and D with 22 gates. Delta followed this up in the early 1990s by spending $550 million constructing Terminal 3 with Concourses A and B and C. During the decade, Delta ramped up both mainline and Comair operations and established Delta Connection. This dramatically increased the aircraft operations from around 300,000 to 500,000 yearly aircraft movements. In turn, passenger volumes doubled within a decade from 10 million to over 20 million. This expansion prompted the building of runway 18L/36R and the airport began making preparations to construct Concourse D, while adding an expansion to Concourse A and B.

At its peak, CVG became Delta's second largest hub, handling over 670 flights daily in 2005. [23] It was the fourth largest hub in the world for a single airline, based on departures, ranking only behind Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, and Dallas/Fort Worth. [24] The hub served everything from the 64 mile CVG-DAY, to a daily nonstop to Honolulu and Anchorage, to numerous transatlantic destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Zürich. [25] Delta was also planning on launching Asia service to CVG, beginning with Beijing–Capital, then expanding to Tokyo–Narita and Shanghai–Pudong eventually; however, launch plans were delayed in 2002 due to slot restrictions and eventually stopped after the bankruptcy. [26]

When Delta went into bankruptcy in September 2005, a large reduction at CVG eliminated most early-morning and night flights. [25] These initial cuts caused additional routes to become unprofitable, causing the frequency of low-volume routes to be further cut from 2006 to 2007. Planning for the new east/west runway stopped, along with all expansions to current terminals, and Terminal 1 was closed due to lack of service. In 2008, Delta merged with Northwest Airlines and cut flight capacity from the Cincinnati hub by 22 percent with an additional 17 percent reduction in 2009. [23]

Many businesses in Cincinnati had urged Delta to restore the service level it had in the late 1990s and early 2000s while some, such as Chiquita Banana, Toyota, and Veritiv relocated to cities with more available flights. [27] The only remaining intercontinental service by Delta is a daily evening departure to Paris. In addition to serving the heavy international travel demand of local companies such as P&G and GE Aviation, the daily Paris flight is also sustained in great part because it ferries jet-engine parts between factories in Cincinnati and France due to GE Aviation's presence. Each year the flight carries 4,200,000 pounds (1,900,000 kg) of engine parts. [28] Air France operated flights into CVG for several periods for over a decade before finally terminating the service in 2007. [29] [30]

In January 2010, Delta's then-CEO Richard Anderson anticipated that there would be 160–170 daily departures in the summer and that the number would not change through at least the fall. [31] [32] Delta closed Concourse A in Terminal 3 on May 1, 2010, and consolidated all operations into Concourse B. This resulted in the layoff of more than 800 employees. [33] A further 10% cut in capacity followed in the summer of 2011, reducing the hub operation to around 145–165 daily flights.

After several years of cuts to its older fleet, which were cited as being cut due to high costs associated with rising oil prices, Delta's wholly owned and CVG-based subsidiary, Comair, ceased all operations in September 2012, ending over three decades of operations. [34] Delta transferred Comair's larger planes to other carriers and retired some of its 50-seat planes, while others, still bearing the original Comair "CA" and OH" registration numbers, remain flying for other Delta Connection carriers. Endeavor Air now has a maintenance base at the airport and is the main regional carrier for Delta Air Lines at CVG.

Recent history

Frontier A320 taxiing from Concourse A in front of the Delta hangar

Frontier Airlines announced it would begin service from CVG in October 2012 with a daily flight to Denver, becoming the first modern attempt at bringing a low-cost carrier into CVG. Previous low-cost carriers had been unsuccessful due to fierce competition from the Delta hub. The flight was a success, and since then, Frontier has expanded service to 20 cites total. [35] Allegiant Air began service in February 2014 to Orlando/Sanford and Punta Gorda (FL). Since then, Allegiant has added routes to 21 non-stop destinations. [36] In July 2015, Allegiant Air announced plans to make CVG its midwestern base of operations with four based Airbus A319s and 90 new jobs for pilots, flight attendants, and service workers. [37] Allegiant has since upgraded from Airbus 319's to Airbus 320's at CVG.

In Fall 2015, PSA Airlines opened a maintenance base at CVG in the old PIMCO hangar and a crew base beginning in January 2016. [38]

Since 2015, CVG has seen significant growth in both legacy and low-cost carrier service. United Airlines added mainline flights to Denver, Chicago–O'Hare, San Francisco and removed all 50-seat regional planes on its routes. [39] American Airlines added mainline service between CVG and Dallas/Fort Worth. Meanwhile, Delta has been expanding at CVG for the first time since it began capacity cuts in late 2005. Delta has added frequency and capacity on over a dozen routes, and has resumed service to cities such as Seattle, Austin and Phoenix. [40] [41]

Southwest Airlines began service to CVG in 2017 with flights to Baltimore and Chicago–Midway. [42] Since then, Phoenix has been announced as a new seasonal nonstop service that began in March 2018, along with year-round flights to Denver in August.


CVG is currently working on a 2050 master plan in order to prepare for dramatic increases in passenger and cargo activity at the airport. By 2021, the airport hopes to increase cargo activity, grow traffic to 9,000,000 annual passengers, and construct a new consolidated rental car facility. [43]

Terminals 1 and 2 were torn down in early 2017 to construct an overnight parking and deicing area, [44] while work will begin on a new consolidated rental car facility in 2018. [45] Both concourses, the customs facility, baggage claim, and ticketing areas will be renovated in late 2017 to mid 2018 under a $4.5 million plan. [46] [47] American Airlines moved to Concourse B in April 2018 to allow for apron work at Concourse A. The airport will also add 16 new concession and retail locations in anticipation for 9 million passengers in 2018. [48] [49]

Amazon Air will develop 1129 acres of land at CVG in order to construct a 3 million sq. ft. sorting facility and ramp space for over 100 aircraft. [50] Also, the Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) will be moved west of the airport to accommodate future DHL expansion. [51] The work on DHL's $108-million expansion began in the fall of 2015 and was completed in November 2016. [52] Runways 09-27 and 18L-36R are planned to be widened to 200 ft (61 m) in 2019 to accommodate larger aircraft. Numerous other taxiways will be widened for access to the Amazon and DHL complexes. [47]


Interior view of the atrium


The main terminal security checkpoint is on the ticketing level and opened in November 2009. After clearing security, passengers can take escalators or elevators down to the Cincinnati Airport People Mover that departs to all gates. Arriving passengers exit the terminal by elevator or escalator up to the baggage claim level and all ground transportation on ground level.

Concourse A houses Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. Concourse A was built as an extension of Terminal C in 1982 and was used by Delta, Continental, and Northwest until 2010, when Delta terminated its lease on the concourse. Shortly thereafter, the concourse underwent an extensive renovation before reopening on May 15, 2012. Concourse A is an island and is only reachable by an underground moving walkway or people mover. The concourse contains 23 gates and some of the KCAB airport board offices. [53]

Concourse B houses American Airlines, Apple Vacations, Delta Air Lines, and Vacation Express. The concourse houses a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility and handles all international arrivals without preclearance. Concourse B is an island and is only reachable by an underground moving walkway or people mover. The concourse contains 28 gates and a Delta Sky Club. [54]

Maintenance bases

The airport is home to many maintenance bases due to the substantial operations of several carriers at the airport. Delta Air Lines has hangar and line maintenance facility for its primary maintenance, repair and overhaul arm, Delta TechOps. [55] Subsidiary of Delta, Endeavor Air, maintains a maintenance base in the old Comair hangars. Also, Allegiant Air has a crew and maintenance base located at CVG, while PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Eagle, has a maintenance base at CVG. [56] FEAM Aero is building a maintinence, repair, and overhaul facility at the airport to serve Amazon and DHL's CVG based aircraft. [57]

Office buildings

Delta Private Jets is headquartered on the grounds of the airport. [58]

The former corporate headquarters of Comair was located at 77 Comair Boulevard and currently houses Amazon Air, DHL Aviation, and some of the KCAB airport board offices. [59] [57] The building, with 187,000 square feet (17,400 m2) of space, is on South Airfield Road. [60] In early 2011, Comair vacated the building. [60]

Airlines and destinations


Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson [61]
Allegiant Air Austin, Charleston (SC), Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville (FL), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), Sarasota, Savannah, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, San Juan
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [63]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National [63]
Apple Vacations Charter: Cancún, Punta Cana
Seasonal Charter: Montego Bay
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–National (resumes September 9, 2019)
Seasonal: Cancún, Detroit, New York–LaGuardia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Connection Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Seasonal: Denver, Fort Myers, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National
Frontier Airlines Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa
Seasonal: Atlanta, Austin, Cancún, Dallas/Fort Worth, Jacksonville (FL), Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Punta Cana (begins January 11, 2019), Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco (resumes June 2, 2019)
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver
Seasonal: Orlando (begins March 9, 2019), [67] Phoenix–Sky Harbor
United Airlines Denver, San Francisco
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Denver
Vacation Express Charter: Cancún, Punta Cana
Seasonal Charter: Cozumel, Freeport, San José del Cabo (begins May 26, 2019), [70] Montego Bay


AeroUnion Guadalajara, Mexico City, Querétaro [72] [73]
Amazon Air Allentown/Bethlehem, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago/Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Ontario, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), San Antonio–Lackland, Seattle/Tacoma, Stockton, Tampa
Castle Aviation Akron/Canton, Hamilton [74]
DHL Aviation Albany, Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, 1 Bahrain, Baltimore, Bedford, Boston, Brussels, Buffalo, Calgary, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland–Cuyahoga, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, East Midlands, Edmonton, El Paso, Greensboro, Guadalajara, Hamilton, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Hartford, 2 Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Leipzig/Halle, Laredo, 3 Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Miami–Opa Locka, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Monterrey, Montréal–Mirabel, Nagoya–Centrair, Nashville, New Orleans, 4 Newark, New York–JFK, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Philadelphia–Northeast, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Querétaro, Richmond (VA), Rochester, Sacramento–Mather, 5 Salt Lake City, San Antonio, 6 San Diego, 7 San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul–Incheon, St. Louis, St. Louis–Spirit, Tokyo–Narita, Tulsa, Vancouver, Wilkes–Barre/Scranton, Winnipeg 8
FedEx Express Louisville, Memphis [75] [76]

^1 DHL makes a stop in Tulsa before continuing to Austin, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Tulsa and Austin. [77]
^2 DHL makes a stop in Rochester before continuing to Hartford, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Rochester and Hartford. [78]
^3 DHL makes a stop in El Paso before continuing to Laredo, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between El Paso and Laredo. [79]
^4 DHL makes a stop in Houston before continuing to New Orleans, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Houston and New Orleans. [80]
^5 DHL makes a stop in Salt Lake City before continuing to Sacramento–Mather, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Salt Lake City and Sacramento–Mather. [81]
^6 DHL makes a stop in Dallas/Fort Worth before continuing to San Antonio, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio. [82]
^7 DHL makes a stop in Phoenix before continuing to San Diego, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Phoenix and San Diego. [83]
^8 DHL makes a stop in Milwaukee before continuing to Winnipeg, however, they do not have rights to carry cargo solely between Milwaukee and Winnipeg. [84]

Cargo hubs

DHL Aviation

DHL Boeing 767-200 (N784AX) at CVG

In 1984, DHL opened its CVG hub and began operations throughout the U.S. and world. However, in 2004, DHL decided to move its hub to Wilmington, Ohio, in order to compete in the United States shipment business. The plan ended up failing, and moved back to CVG in 2009 to resume its original operations. CVG now serves as the largest of DHL's three global hubs (The other two being Leipzig/Halle and Hong Kong) with 84 flights each day to destinations across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific. DHL has completed a $105-million expansion and employs approximately 2,500 at CVG. Because of this growth, CVG now stands as the 5th busiest airport in North America based on cargo tonnage and 34th in the world. [85]

On May 28, 2015 DHL announced a $108-million expansion to its current facility, which doubled the current cargo operations. The money was used to double the gate capacity for transferring cargo, an expansion to the sorting facility, and various technical improvements, which was completed in Autumn 2016. In addition, this has provided many more jobs for the Cincinnati area, and will dramatically increase the airports operations. [86]

Amazon Air

On January 31, 2017, Amazon announced that Amazon Air would begin a $1.49-billion expansion to create a worldwide shipping hub at CVG. The hub will be Amazon's principal shipping hub and will be constructed on 1129 [87] acres of land at the airport with a 3 million square-ft sorting facility and parking positions for over 100 aircraft. On April 30, 2017, Amazon began operations at CVG, and will incrementally base 40 Boeing 767-200ER's/300ER's at CVG, and will use DHL's facilities until construction is complete. Amazon plans to have 200 daily takeoffs and landings from its CVG hub to destinations across the U.S. and internationally. [88] The hub could create up to 15,000 jobs in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. [89]


Delta B737-900ER at Concourse B CVG

Overall statistics

Year Total passengers Change (%) Aircraft movements Change (%) Notes
1992 [90] 11,545,682 Steady 305,544 Steady Concourse C opens
1993 [90] 12,213,874 Increase 5.79% 312,204 Increase 2.18%
1994 [90] 13,593,522 Increase 11.30% 339,839 Increase 8.85%
1995 [90] 15,181,728 Increase 11.68% 365,114 Increase 7.44%
1996 [90] 18,795,766 Increase 23.81% 401,367 Increase 9.93%
1997 [90] 19,866,308 Increase 5.70% 417,391 Increase 3.99%
1998 [90] 21,124,216 Increase 6.33% 442,276 Increase 5.96%
1999 [90] 21,753,512 Increase 2.98% 476,128 Increase 7.65% Comair merges with Delta
2000 [90] 22,406,384 Increase 3.00% 461,454 Decrease 3.08%
2001 [91] 17,270,475 Decrease 22.92% 387,462 Decrease 16.03% Comair pilot strike
2002 [91] 20,812,642 Increase 20.51% 486,501 Increase 25.56%
2003 [92] 21,197,447 Increase 1.8% 505,557 Increase 3.9%
2004 [93] 22,062,557 Increase 4.1% 517,520 Increase 2.4%
2005 [94] 22,778,785 Increase 3.2% 496,366 Decrease 4.1% Delta declares bankruptcy
2006 [95] 16,244,962 Decrease 28.7% 345,754 Decrease 30.3% Delta bankruptcy
2007 [96] 15,736,220 Decrease 3.1% 328,059 Decrease 5.1%
2008 [97] 13,630,443 Decrease 13.4% 285,484 Decrease 13.0% Delta merges with Northwest
2009 [98] 10,621,655 Decrease 22.1% 222,677 Decrease 22.0%
2010 [99] 7,977,588 Decrease 24.9% 177,597 Decrease 20.2%
2011 [100] 7,034,263 Decrease 11.8% 161,912 Decrease 8.80%
2012 [101] 6,038,817 Decrease 14.2% 143,447 Decrease 11.4% Comair ceases operations
2013 [102] 5,718,255 Decrease 5.31% 137,671 Decrease 4.03% Frontier enters the market
2014 [103] 5,908,711 Increase 3.33% 133,518 Decrease 3.02% Allegiant enters the market
2015 [104] 6,316,332 Increase 6.90% 133,068 Decrease 0.34%
2016 [105] 6,773,905 Increase 7.24% 137,225 Increase 3.11%
2017 [106] 7,842,149 Increase 15.77% 150,463 Increase 9.65% Southwest enters the market
2018 [107] 5,982,557 (YTD) Increase 15.33% 107,827 (YTD) Increase 9.88%

Cargo statistics

A Boeing 747-8F lines up on Runway 27 at CVG as a B747-400F lands on 18C
Year Tonnage Change (%) Notes
2003 [93] 432,961 Steady
2004 [93] 455,684 Increase 5.25%
2005 [108] 277,401 Decrease 60.9% DHL leaves CVG
2006 [108] 47,728 Decrease 82.8%
2007 [108] 43,759 Decrease 8.31%
2008 [108] 48,721 Increase 11.33%
2009 [108] 152,970 Increase 214.0% DHL returns to CVG
2010 [108] 415,692 Increase 171.8%
2011 [108] 537,139 Increase 29.22%
2012 [108] 599,778 Increase 11.66%
2013 [108] 655,479 Increase 9.29%
2014 [108] 722,431 Increase 10.21%
2015 [108] 804,088 Increase 11.30%
2016 [108] 818,364 Increase 1.78%
2017 [108] 1,043,259 Increase 34.02% Amazon enters the market
2018 [108] 601,763 (YTD) Increase 31.38%

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from CVG (October 2017 – September 2018) [10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 372,000 Delta, Frontier
2 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 302,000 American, Delta, United
3 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 186,000 American, Delta, Frontier
4 Colorado Denver, Colorado 179,000 Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United
5 New York (state) New York–LaGuardia, New York 179,000 American, Delta, Frontier
6 Florida Orlando, Florida 174,000 Delta, Frontier
7 Illinois Chicago–Midway, Illinois 158,000 Southwest
8 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey 152,000 Allegiant, Delta, United
9 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 150,000 American, Delta
10 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 147,000 Allegiant, Delta, Frontier
Busiest cargo routes from CVG (March 2018) [109]
Rank City Cargo (pounds) Carriers
1 Alaska Anchorage, Alaska 41,786,004 DHL
2 Germany Leipzig/Halle, Germany 17,563,612 DHL
3 Florida Miami, Florida 10,424,777 Amazon, DHL
4 Arizona Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 9,033,696 Amazon, DHL
5 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 8,252,744 DHL
6 Washington (state) Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 7,373,730 Amazon, DHL
7 Florida Tampa, Florida 7,327,697 Amazon
8 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 7,325,359 Amazon, DHL
9 California Ontario, California 7,202,963 Amazon
10 Texas Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 7,066,885 Amazon, DHL

Airline market share

Largest airlines at CVG (May 2017 – April 2018) [110]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Delta Air Lines 1,841,000 24.06%
2 Frontier Airlines 1,069,000 13.97%
3 Endeavor Air 914,000 11.95%
4 Allegiant Air 873,000 11.42%
5 Southwest Airlines 473,000 6.18%

Accidents and incidents

  • On January 12, 1955, 1955 Cincinnati mid-air collision, a Martin 2-0-2 was in the take off phase of departure from the airport when it collided with a privately owned Castleton Farm's DC-3. The mid-air collision killed 13 people on the commercial airliner and 2 on the privately owned planes.
  • On November 14, 1961, Zantop cargo flight, a DC-4, crashed near runway 18 into an apple orchard. The crew survived.
  • On November 8, 1965, American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 727, crashed on approach to runway 18C, killing 58 (53 passengers and 5 crew) of the 62 (56 passengers and 6 crew) on board.
  • On November 6, 1967, TWA Flight 159, a Boeing 707, overran the runway during an aborted takeoff, injuring 11 of the 29 passengers. One of the injured passengers died four days later. The seven crew members were unhurt.
  • On November 20, 1967, TWA Flight 128, a Convair 880, crashed on approach to runway 18, killing 70 (65 passengers and 5 crew) of the 82 persons aboard (75 passengers and 7 crew).
  • On October 8, 1979, Comair Flight 444, a Piper Navajo, crashed shortly after takeoff. Seven passengers and the pilot were killed.
  • On October 19, 1979, Burlington Airways, a Beechcraft Model 18 crash landed on KY 237 at the I-275 bridge overpass. There were no injures. [111]
  • On June 2, 1983, Air Canada Flight 797, a DC-9 flying on Dallas- Toronto- Montreal route, made an emergency landing at Cincinnati due to a cabin fire. Twenty-three of the 41 passengers died of smoke inhalation or fire injuries, including legendary Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers. All five crew members survived.
  • On August 13, 2004, Air Tahoma Flight 185, a Convair 580, was en route to Cincinnati from Memphis, Tennessee, carrying freight under contract for DHL Worldwide Express. The aircraft crashed on a golf course just south of the Cincinnati airport due to fuel starvation and dual engine failure, killing the first officer and injuring the captain.
  • On October 20, 2018 a Polar Air Cargo PAC243 a Boeing 747-400 from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport landed on runway 27 at CVG in strong winds after a go around. The plane touchdowned around 7:30 and it’s landing gear apparently collapsed and it skidded off of the runway into the grass. The plane was moved but it’s marks can still be seen on runway 27 to this day. [112]

See also


 This article incorporates  public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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