Air, Freight News

John Glenn International, Rickenbacker experience success, strong growth in 1st half 2017

[ July 27, 2017   //   ]

Supported by a thriving regional economy, new air service announcements and airport developments, passenger and cargo volumes at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) and Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) increased significantly year-to-date over 2016.

“Passenger and air freight carriers are capitalizing on the dynamic opportunities that continue to arise in the Columbus Region, enabling our airports to offer additional travel options for passengers and strategic opportunities for businesses,” said Elaine Roberts, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also oversees Bolton Field airport.

Passenger traffic rose 4.3% at John Glenn International where nearly 3.7 million people traveled through the terminal from January through June on Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and Vacation Express. Passenger traffic at Rickenbacker, which includes Allegiant and passenger charter operations, is trending up 34% over the same period last year.

Cargo imports and exports at Rickenbacker rose 21% in the first half of 2017, bolstered by increased service from Etihad and Trinity Logistics, the 2016 expansion of Emirates, and the June 2016 opening of Air Cargo Terminal 5 in collaboration with public and private partners.

“Coupled with the Columbus Region’s strong economy and our strategic business plan, we have an extremely stable environment of growth and development to offer current and future air service partners,” said Roberts.

Developments at LCK for the period include:

  • Etihad Cargo, in partnership with Trinity Logistics USA, added a second weekly frequency.
  • LCK announced it will strengthen its animal export business by creating a USDA-certified Export Inspection Facility that will include 12 rest stalls and USDA offices.
  • Allegiant added seasonal passenger service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, bringing the total number of destinations served from Columbus to nine.