Springfield airports (part 2) – 3 more within 90 minutes

Here is some information on each airport within a short distance of the Greater Springfield area:

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 52 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 59 minutes
  • Purpose: passenger, cargo
  • Enplanements (2008): 3.4 million
  • Landed weight (2008): none (Rickenbacker handles the cargo)

Since its opening in 1929, Port Columbus has been on the leading edge of the air transportation industry.

Progress is building at Port Columbus, which had a 15% increase in passengers in 2007 for a total of 7.7 million. Approximately 10 million annual passengers can be accommodated by the current terminal, which based on growth projections is expected to reach capacity in 2020. A proactive capital improvement plan positions the airport to have facilities ready when growth demands them, and just as importantly, not before they are required.

Port Columbus is more than just airplanes and runways. According to the January 2005 independent economic impact study it also meant thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in paychecks and billions of dollars in total economic activity.

>> Port Columbus stats for 2010

>> Port Columbus stats for 2009

Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)

  • Distance from downtown Springfield: 56 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 63 minutes
  • Purpose: commercial (cargo), military, passenger (small)
  • Enplanements (2008): 12,000 (384th)
  • Landed Weight (2008): 730 million lbs. (34th)

From Wikipedia: “Rickenbacker International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located 10 miles (16 km) south of the central business district of Columbus, near the village of Lockbourne in extreme southern Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The southern end of the airport extends into northern Pickaway County. The base was named for the famous early aviator and Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker. It is managed by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also operates Port Columbus International Airport and Bolton Field. Rickenbacker International is used primarily as a cargo airport for the city of Columbus and a growing number of passenger charter carriers are using the airport as well.

Rickenbacker used to be run by the Rickenbacker Port Authority, until merging in 2003 with Port Columbus and Bolton field creating the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. As of July 2006, Rickenbacker is the world’s 126th busiest cargo airport according to Air Cargo World. Rickenbacker ranks as one of the worlds top 20 fastest growing cargo airports in July 2006 with 112,888 tons, a 15.3% increase from the previous year. This is mainly due to the transfer of AirNet Systems operations from Port Columbus International Airport to Rickenbacker. This number is expected to increase with the introduction of the new intermodal facility that is under construction. As of now it has scheduled service from FedEx Express along with FedEx Feeder contractors, Mountain Air Cargo and CSA Air and UPS Airlines along with contractors Air Cargo Carriers. Multi-weekly 747 freighter service is operated by Evergreen International Airlines, Atlas Air, and Kalitta Air. Another airline based at Rickenbacker is Snow Aviation. Rickenbacker International Airport was also the site for filming all aircraft exterior shots in the movie Air Force One starring Harrison Ford.”

>> Whole Wikipedia article

>> About the airport

>> Foreign Trade Zone

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

  • Distance from western Springfield: 90 miles
  • Drive time from downtown Springfield: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Purpose: passenger (Delta hub), commercial
  • Enplanements (2008): 6.6 million (rank – 32nd)
  • Landed weight (2008): 207 million lbs. (93rd)

From a single terminal in 1947, CVG has grown into a major international gateway, serving as many passengers today in one year as it handled in its first two decades. CVG is also a major driver of the local economy, helping to support more than 50,000 tri-state jobs.

CVG is just 10 minutes from Covington, Newport, downtown Cincinnati and dozens of major attractions. Located within a two-hour flight of 60 percent of the U.S. population, CVG is one of the easiest airports to navigate thanks to its modern design and lack of congestion. Travelers worldwide have rated CVG one of the best airports for service and convenience 10 years running.

  • 700 daily departures/arrivals to and from 95 cities non stop, with daily international flights including nonstop service to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Toronto and Montreal
  • All-jet regional hub to secondary cities in the Midwest and Canada
  • Delta’s second largest hub and home of Comair
  • One of only five airports in the world with runway facilities that allow triple simultaneous takeoffs and landings

Airport annual report

Other statistics

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