Delta cuts impact business

By Regina Russo bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - There are two types of travelers, the business and leisure.

The good news is that cuts in Delta services hasn't impacted the leisure side.

According to Linda Antus, President of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network that's because those travelers are driving.

"About 90 percent repeat visitors, that come from 300 to 400 mile range. Most of them drive in range," Antus said.

The bad news business travelers are hurting, according to Doug Moorman, Vice President of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. Moorman says the international airport draws international and local businesses here, and helps incumbent businesses grow.

"The Chamber business community disappointed at continued erosion of service that Delta provides at CVG airport," Moorman said. "

CVG is source of job creation and the reduction in Delta services cripples that.

The hub gets the worse hit of all. Concessionaires thrive on traffic collected at other airports and redistributed here at our hub. Since 2005 when Delta made significant cuts to it's services , passenger traffic has been reduced by 50 percent.  22.7 million in 2005 down to 11 million this year. CVG is working with these businesses by waiving rent agreements, re-working contracts, lease extensions and adjustments in hours of operation.

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