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What is the Master Plan?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that airports review and update their Master Plan approximately every five years or as necessary when an airport experiences changes in operational demand. The Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport’s previous Master Plan Update, prepared in 2005, was based upon sound planning principles known at the time and laid the foundation for future development at CVG through 2025.
Since the completion of the 2005 Master Plan the U.S. aviation industry has experienced unpredicted changes, such as:
- Worst economic downturn since the Great Depression
- Record high fuel prices
- Multiple network carriers reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
- Legacy airline consolidation
- Increased security measures and processes
- Advancements in technology of airline check-in procedures
- Evolution of airline fleets
Unfortunately, none of these issues could have accurately been projected in the 2005 Master Plan. These recent events have resulted in a significant change in current and anticipated demand and future operational model at CVG. The Master Plan Update will consider the possible impacts of a potential operational transition through 2035 from a dominant single carrier-large hub airport to a competitive multi-carrier environment.
The Master Plan Update will provide the Kenton County Airport Board (KCAB) an opportunity to identify and evaluate strategic business opportunities in an ever changing economic environment though 2035.The information identified through the master planning process will also ensure the continued operation of a safe, efficient, and environmentally compatible airport. The Master Plan will recommend cost-effective improvements in accordance with FAA standards, taking into consideration the local, regional, national and international dynamic nature of the aviation industry.
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