HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - A new security checkpoint in Terminal 3 at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport will hopefully mean an easier transition to waiting flights for travelers.
The $23 million project started two years ago and opened to the public on Wednesday.
"You know it actually just makes more logical sense for our passengers," said Barb Schempf, CVG spokeswoman. "They walk in from the parking garage go to ticketing and instead of having to go down into the tunnel, they make that natural transition across that ticketing level into security. They can get through this faster, then they will go down the escalator to their gates so its just a much better flow for the average passenger.
Schempf says the facilities were needed despite reductions in airfare service over the past couple of years.
"A lot of people have asked, 'why are you opening this facility now when your flights are down and when passengers are down,' but the biggest thing to remember is that this facility is built for local passengers so regardless of what happens with the hub operations or transfer passenger reductions we still have to serve our local 2.1 million people in the community and this will meet," she said.
The security operation handled 1,600 passengers on Wednesday morning. Right now, six security lanes are open, but that will be expanded to ten by weeks end.
"Actually, I didn't even know about it. I just saw it coming in so it looks a lot a better than having to go down and then circle around," said traveler Mike Rodarte.
"This is like a obstacle course," said traveler Greg Brown. "You never know if you have to go to another terminal to catch a bus a train. Its like planes, trains and automobiles, so no I don't actually prefer it."