Newly renovated CVG concourse A opens

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - After months of non-stop renovations, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport unveiled the new Concourse A Tuesday.

"We think it helps the collective psyche," CVG spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said. "Let's face it, we've been through some challenges in the last few years; we wanted the community to join us in 2012 as we move forward."

The $36.5 million dollar renovation includes 16 new gates, jet bridges, new ticketing and check-in areas and passenger seating areas with electrical outlets. Additional amenities include upgraded restrooms and even improved cell phone service.

The airlines which were operating out of Terminal 2 will move to the Main Terminal. Air Canada, American, Continental, US Airways, and United will all make the move to the new gates.

"We may not be where we were but we need to be in a position where we serve this region, business and leisure travelers, the right way going forward," Glynn said.

CVG hopes that the airport improvements will benefit their airline partners and also attract new airlines to begin service which could ultimately help drop ticket prices.

"Certainly fares are an issue and we are very cognoscente of that," Glynn acknowledged.

Glynn argues that CVG remains a competitive airport as it has the most flights and nonstop city destinations of any surrounding  airport.

Some travelers, however, say no amount of renovations can make up for those high ticket prices at CVG.

I don't see why that would be more attractive to go to it," frequent flyer Larry Gillis said of the renovations.

Gillis has been flying out of CVG for more than 20 years.

"I like it," he said. "It's convenient. It's kind of like coming home."

Even though the is loyal to Delta as a member of the 'Million Miler' club, Gillis says he's been flying out of Dayton more and more in the last five or so years due to cheaper ticket prices.

One area shuttle services says they've also noticed an up tick in Dayton air travelers even just in the last month and a half.

"We have increased our sales bringing people from the Dayton airport into Cincinnati," said Mark Ferguson of Ready to Go Shuttle.  "They tell me its price and they hear of better deals possibly."

With everyone now going through the Main Terminal, Terminal 2 is officially closed. Airport officials say they're working on a study to figure out what to do with the outdated facility.

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