CVG ‘can’t give up’ on more international flights

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport officials are giving new looks to flights to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo – places business leaders are hungry to get to but still considered long shots. “It is critical to our economic development efforts to maintain and grow our direct international flights,” said Johnna Reeder, president and chief executive of REDI Cincinnati, the 15-county jobs-creation agency. “We can’t give up on this issue. … There is no quick solution that has long-term sustainability, and every midsize city is facing this same dilemma on air service.” CVG has spent the past year adding new low-cost flights in the U.S. Its international passenger focus mostly has been on convincing Delta Air Lines not to cut its one nonstop flight to Paris – the only daily direct overseas flight from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and several cities similar in size to Cincinnati across the U.S. Business and economic development leaders want more international flights as the region refocuses its jobs-creating efforts with the newly formed REDI Cincinnati partnership. “While we are certainly fortunate to have the Paris flight – which keeps us international – we need total resolve and focus on recruiting another international flight,” said Jim McGraw, CEO of Downtown-based KMK Consulting. “Any of those three destinations would be a huge boost, and, once we get that, keep working on the next. We can never afford to give up on this pursuit.” Nonstop service to Europe from CVG is down to the one daily destination from four in… [Read full story]

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