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The history of CVG and Delta goes way back.  CVG was an early hub of Delta Airlines, but shortly after Delta bought Northwest in 2008, Delta began reducing service at CVG and eventually removed its “hub” status

[READ MORE: The curious case of Delta and CVG]

For those of us living in Cincinnati, this caused several annoying problems.  #1 – Delta still had way more flights than anybody else, so if you flew a lot, you kind of had to use them.  And #2, because they were so big, and controlled so much of the airport operations at CVG, it made it hard for anyone to compete with them, meaning that airfares at CVG have consistently been #1 or close to it for highest average airfare.

But that has started to change lately as more low-cost and other carriers have come to CVG.  Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Southwest open up service in Cincinnati, Frontier add service to 3 new cities and Allegiant is still a big player here in Cincinnati.

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Delta adding service to Cincinnati / CVG

Delta apparently is starting to feel the heat, as they have just announced increases to operations here in Cincinnati / CVG.

The details of the expanded CVG Delta service are:

  • Expanded service in five cities with additional daily flights: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Orlando and Toronto
  • Aircraft upgrades in two markets: Denver to mainline and all Minneapolis flights offering First Class
  • Seasonal extensions in two markets: Fort Myers now operating daily throughout the summer and Seattle extending into the fall and spring
  • Additionally, Delta is improving schedules in four markets: Charlotte, Hartford, Newark and Philadelphia.

So no new destinations, but expanded service to existing destinations.  This is great news for Cincinnati / CVG based travelers.  I know our family of 8 would have appreciated a direct flight from SEA-CVG when we flew that route back in May (we had to connect via SLC)

Anyone else excited for continued expansion of CVG Delta flights?

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