Even though CVG has drastically cut back its number of daily passenger flights, it is the highest ranking U.S. airport on this year's World's Best Airport list from SkyTrax
. It landed itself at no. 26 worldwide, above larger, hub airports like Denver, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Cincinnati's Delta hub was cut back seven years ago — CVG had two empty terminals and super high landing fees for airlines that kept discount carriers out of the region. Those two terminals were demolished and replaced with one terminal.
Terminal 3, the airport's one remaining passenger terminal, was built in 1974 and upgraded in 1987 and 2012.
Passenger flights were cut from over 600 to today's 165, but by cutting landing fees, CVG has attracted discount airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and Southwest. Because of those discount flights, it's now attracting passengers at a rate well above the national average.
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. And stay tuned for our in-depth look at CVG's footprint in the world of freight carrier flights in our Aug. 15 issue.