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CVG gains momentum with addition of Southwest Airlines


In a huge win for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which recently downsized to just one terminal, Southwest Airlines has announced it will be moving in this summer.

Cincinnati was known as a hub for Delta until a few years ago when a number of cutbacks affected Delta's service to CVG. Delta now only operates about 100 flights per week at the airport. This has opened the airport up to other airlines, including budget airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and now Southwest. 

Passengers will be able to take one of eight daily Southwest flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport or Chicago Midway.

Read the whole story here.
 

Amazon planning $1.5 billion cargo hub at CVG


Last week, CVG received more good news: Amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion cargo hub at the airport. This comes on the tail end of Southwest Airlines' announcement that it will be adding flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Chicago Midway.

With the completion of the proposed 2-million-square-foot facility, Amazon will be able to rely less on UPS and FedEx for air deliveries. The hub will also house Amazon's current and future fleet of airplanes, and bring about 2,000 jobs to the area.

To read the full Forbes story, click here.
 

CVG CEO lauds departing Skyward president in sendoff


In a November press release, longtime Skyward president Bill Scheyer announced his retirement from the organization that aims to create and implement a strategic vision for Northern Kentucky.
 
Scheyer is a 40-plus-year veteran of service to NKY and has been a member of Skyward’s leadership since 2009, when the organization was known as Vision 2015. Vision 2015 rebranded early last year, following consensus from participating organizations that culminated in the creation of a four-point myNKY regional plan to facilitate job growth, education enrichment, health and wellness and community vibrancy.
 
Candace McGraw, CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and chair of the Skyward Board of Directors noted at a recent sendoff ceremony, “We’re grateful to have had Bill lead us through the significant shift from Vision 2015 to Skyward and through the myNKY strategic planning process. Collective visioning is a strong community asset, due in large part to Bill’s vision, leadership and commitment to improving Northern Kentucky.”
 
Among his goals for retirement, Scheyer noted a desire to spend time with family, but said, “I plan to continue to stay involved and support the important issues I have cared about for so many year.”
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County


A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
 
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
 
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
 
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
 
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials


Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.
 

CVG collecting stories to remember Terminals 1 and 2 before demolition


The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is asking the community to share stories and photos from memories of Terminals 1 and 2. The terminals will be demolished this year to make way for the construction of a new car rental facility, which should be completed by 2021.
 
The terminals, which were built in 1947 and 1974 respectively, are functionally obsolete. Terminal 1 served airline passengers until 2007, and Terminal 2 was in use until 2012. Now only Terminal 3, which is CVG’s main terminal, serves airline passengers.
 
CVG is searching for stories about the terminals, whether someone welcomed a son or daughter home from combat, got engaged, told their family they were pregnant or visited Cincinnati for the first time. All stories are important.

Read the full Soapbox story here.
 

Why CVG's surge in passengers continued in 2015


Maintaining a recent trend, the number of passengers who flew from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2015 saw a notable bump, a continuing sign of the airport’s resurgence, even as dominant Delta Air Lines continues to cut flights.

CVG reported it had achieved its largest passenger growth since 2005, although it did not provide raw numbers for the last decade.

The number of total passengers, which includes those simply passing through CVG on their way to another destination, increased by 6.6 percent from 2014, the second year in a row that has happened. The number of passengers who began their trip in Cincinnati increased by 16 percent, marking the third year in a row for that trend. The figures capped off another strong year for the airport, which also saw the amount of cargo increase by 11.3 percent, making it the ninth-largest cargo airport in the United States and the fastest growing one. During the second quarter of 2015, CVG dropped from near the top of the country’s most expensive airports list to No. 20.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.
 

CVG board gets new leaders


Two leaders of the local business community have been named the new heads of the Kenton County Airport Board, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

J. Michael Schlotman, executive vice president and CFO of Kroger Co., will be the board’s new chair, and John Mocker, partner at LB Industries Inc., will be the vice chair beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Both will serve one-year terms and be eligible for renomination in December 2016.

Schlotman joined the board in 2014 and has served as the chair of the airport’s finance committee. He replaces Bill Robinson, who will remain on the board following his second term as chairman.

“CVG is a tremendous Tri-State community asset,” Schlotman said in a statement. “2015 has been a great year with levels of passenger and cargo growth not experienced in over a decade. The airport is well positioned to achieve even greater growth in 2016 and we have the team in place to achieve our objectives.”

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.
 

Allegiant, American bringing more new flights to CVG


American Airlines and Allegiant Air are expanding service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

American announced Monday that it will fly to New York’s LaGuardia International Airport from CVG three times per day using Embraer E170 aircraft flown by its regional carrier, Republic Airlines. The flights start in January. American already flies once a day to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. It also has daily flights to Miami, Dallas and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

CVG CEO Candace McGraw raised the possibility in August that American might expand flights given the opening of a maintenance base for another American regional carrier, PSA Airlines.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.
 

Amazon military hiring program helps local veteran transition to successful civilian life


The transition from active duty military member to a functioning civilian in the private sector is not always easy, but companies such as Amazon are making the shift as smooth as possible for veterans across the country.

Amazon is the largest Internet-based retailer in the U.S. and is also home to a very successful military veteran hiring program. Amazon’s Hebron operation is part of the program.

"What we've found is that often times veterans themselves have unique skills but they don't know how they translate to the civilian world," said Amazon spokesperson Nina Lindsey. "So it's a great program that not only helps veterans identify their skills, but also helps them find a great opportunity at Amazon."

One veteran who has found success in Amazon's veteran hiring program is Maurice Venegas, a retired U.S. Army Captain who has been working as a general manager at the Amazon Fulfillment Centers in Hebron since 2011.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.
 

Is DHL here for the long haul?


International shipping giant DHL appears close to signing a new contract that would keep the company's North American hub in the region for decades to come, The Enquirer reports.

DHL and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport are working out details on a new facilities lease agreement that could keep the company here for at least 30 more years. DHL and airport officials would not disclose details of negotiations. DHL's current lease agreement runs through 2030.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and DHL and airport executives held a news conference Aug. 21 to discuss the company's most recent expansion, which is expected to add up to 250 new jobs by the end of next year.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.
 

CVG CEO hopes latest addition will land more American Airlines flights


The location of a new maintenance base for a regional carrier may not be the sexiest story out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport of late, but CVG's CEO said PSA Airlines' decision will help the airport's top priority: Getting more flights.

PSA is an exclusively a regional carrier for American Airlines, which in July flew the second-fewest passengers from CVG of any of the major airlines — Delta, Frontier, Allegiant, United, U.S. Airways and Air Canada — that use the airport. That will change, of course, when American's merger with U.S. Airways is complete in October.

"It's not out of the realm of possibility that when an airline schedules planes to come in for maintenance that they also work those into their regular rotation of flights," said CVG CEO Candace McGraw.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.
 

CVG budget airlines taking on more passengers


Passengers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport are taking flight with low-cost carriers in record-setting numbers.

In June, discount airlines Allegiant Air and Frontier generated 18.4 percent of airport traffic, the highest marks in CVG's history. While the airport has "never really had a strong base of low-cost carriers," Bobby Spann, CVG's vice president for external affairs, said, it is something they're "still building."

"This  is really important for us," Spann said. "And it should just continue to get better. ... We're extremely proud of the improvements we've been making."

Read the full WCPO story here.
 

Enquirer Q&A with Trey Grayson


The president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see an opening to make progress on a Brent Spence Bridge replacement in the near future. Not until 2018, to be specific.

“I see several years down the road before we get to any consensus,” Trey Grayson, the former Kentucky Secretary of State, said in a recent interview ahead of his one-year anniversary on the job. “I look at it as were not going to have a consensus out until 2018 when we have a new governor,” a new president and possible changes in the composition and leaders of Congress.

Grayson also talked about the challenges of having Toyota close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s future and other issues confronting the Cincinnati region and Northern Kentucky specifically.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer article here.
 

CVG takes big step to end Delta dominance


Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has officially taken its first major step toward ending Delta Air Lines' decades-long dominance over operations.

The airport and servicing airlines reached an agreement June 22 on the framework for CVG's first new contract with all carriers in more than 40 years. The agreement has been expected for months and is a step toward finalizing a new contract, which should be completed by the end of the year. The current contract is set to expire on Dec. 31.

The new deal will be much shorter than the 1972 agreement that helped Delta establish a powerful and thriving hub at CVG. The airport and airlines have agreed the new contract will last 5 years and allow CVG to have some control over business decisions.

The deal's structure will allow for more carriers to have influence over decisions, which could lead to lowering CVG's notoriously high ticket prices. In particular, the new agreement is expected to make CVG more attractive to low-cost carriers that have feared being bullied out of the market by Delta.

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.
 
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