Southwest Airlines has announced that they will be adding new service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport beginning on June 4, 2017, from Baltimore and Chicago-Midway.
Per the Cincinnati Business Courier
Southwest Airlines is launching flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, it announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The mid- to low-cost carrier will offer eight daily flights from the airport starting June 4, 2017. Five of those flights will go to Chicago Midway, while three will go to Baltimore-Washington. Flights will be available for booking on Southwest’s website on Jan. 5.
Harvey said Southwest’s addition at CVG will open the region up to 100 cities in the U.S., Mexico and other parts of the world.
“We’re committed to low fares and high service,” he said, mentioning that passengers get two free bags, fee-free changes and other benefits from the airline.
With this new addition, Southwest will be ending their service to Dayton, Ohio, which currently includes three non-stop flights between Dayton and Chicago Midway.
When it comes to Cincinnati, this is a welcome addition, since CVG has seen a significant reduction in service since the Northwest/Delta merger as Delta has reduced most of the service to their once hub. Back in it’s prime, Cincinnati was Delta’s second largest hub after Atlanta with nearly 700 daily departures between Delta mainline and connection carriers. Delta now has around 85 daily departures from CVG, a far cry from what they used to have.
With the limited the service and cuts, airfares to/from Cincinnati have skyrocketed, so those in the Northern Kentucky region will find Southwest’s addition a welcome change. As Southwest is launching with two nonstop cities, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the airline increase the number of destinations the airline will serve from CVG.
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