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Sorry for the clickbait-style headline! But I gotta give a shoutout to my hometown airport of CVG (Cincinnati, OH). After being decimated by Delta several years ago after their merger with Northwest, destinations out of CVG have declined to a fraction of what they once were.
(SEE ALSO: The curious case of Delta and CVG)
As it stands today, every decision about ANYTHING at CVG has to be approved by Delta, which is one reason why Cincinnati’s airfares are consistently among the nation’s highest.
CVG executives meeting with 2 Asian airlines
A recent story in the Cincinnati Enquirer says that leading CVG executives have met with Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA). While they admit that a non-stop from CVG to Tokyo is probably a longshot, they have also identified London and Frankfurt as other cities to focus on.
While Cincinnati is a mid-sized city, it is home to 9 Fortune 500 companies (Kroger (24th on the list, $98.3 billion in revenue in 2013), Procter & Gamble (31, $84.1 billion); Macy’s (107, $27.9 billion); Ashland Inc. (344, $7.8 billion); Fifth Third Bancorp (361, $7.2 billion); General Cable Corp. (405, $6.4 billion), Omnicare (415, $6.3 billion), AK Steel Holding Corp. (455, $5.6 billion) and American Financial Group, Inc. (487, $5.1 billion). Many of those do some significant PAID international travel, which is attractive to airlines.
Currently there is only one nonstop flight from Cincinnati to Europe, a Delta flight to CDG (Paris), that I have heard jokingly referred to as “The P&G Express”
The other 3 international flights currently are twice-daily flights to Cancun, Mexico (CUN) and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), as well as regular flights to Toronto (YYZ), if you consider a flight to Canada international :-D.
While it is a bit of a longshot, I am happy that the airport board at CVG is looking long-term towards the future of the airport.