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CVG holds the lowest airfares in the region four years in a row

Erlanger, Ky. (October 19, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for the second quarter of 2021, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) once again has the lowest airfares in the region. CVG has held this title for four consecutive years since the second quarter of 2017. Among the top 100 U.S. domestic airports, CVG ranks #76 with an average fare of $280; seven percent below the national average of $300.   

Regional comparisons:

  • CVG ranked #76 – average fare $280
  • Indianapolis (IND) ranked #63 – average fare $299
  • Columbus (CMH) ranked #53 – average fare $308
  • Louisville (SDF) ranked #48 – average fare $312
  • Dayton (DAY) ranked #6 – average fare $361

US DOT Reporting - 2021 Q2


The mix of low airfares and more travel options is fueling the return of air travel (passenger traffic is now 75-80% compared to 2019) as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and most recent surge of the Delta variant.  

The airport is serving 75-80% of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

Two new air carriers (Alaska Air and Sun Country Airlines) began service at CVG earlier this year, along with nine new seasonal/year-round routes added and many returned routes. For a complete list of nonstop destinations served from CVG visit:




About CVG Airport:

CVG Airport welcomed more than 9.1 million passengers in 2019, serving a record number of local passengers. As the airport recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it still offers the most nonstop destinations and the lowest average airfares in the region. CVG is diversified in both passenger and cargo operations with an annual economic impact of $6.8 billion. It is the 7th largest cargo airport in North America – home to Amazon Air’s primary U.S. Hub and DHL Express Global Superhub. Learn more at