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The regional fight to keep CVG flying

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) –   As Delta Airlines continues to shrinks its hub at CVG, Tri-State business and political leaders refuse to ground their effort to rally in new competition.

"I assume Delta is gone, if they stay my life is a lot easier," said John Mok, Chief Executive Officer for the Kenton County Airport Board at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Mok sat down with Hamilton County Commissioners Monday afternoon to lay out CVG's current position in the market.

"This region still has needs with respect to a major airport," said Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner.

During the meeting, Mok reiterated to county commissioners his belief that other airlines or low-cost carriers could work in Cincinnati.

"If a carrier was to come and knock on our door tomorrow, we could reactivate terminal one in 90 days," said Mok.

Mok also stressed that "wishful thinking" is dependent on when the industry as a whole begins to grow again.

"Now it's just a matter of capacity, there is absolutely in my opinion insufficient capacity at the price point that the traveler desires to meet the demands here," said Mok.

A University of Cincinnati report on the issue says CVG has a billion dollar regional and financial impact on the Tri-State.

"Those market needs of the region are going to be met, whether that is by Delta or some other carrier," said Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner.

Mok and Portune also discussed the possibility of guiding funds from airport ticket fees toward a possible transit project linking Hamilton County and the airport.

Airport officials however say that might not fly, saying the Federal Aviation Administration says has strict guidelines on the use of that money.

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