Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding noise abatement at CVG.
Runways are numbered based on the compass heading and the direction the aircraft is flying.
The nature of an overnight air cargo operation requires that the cargo (i.e., mostly packages) be delivered to its destination by a specific date and time — usually on the next business day by 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. There is a narrow window through which the cargo operators can operate to meet this deadline. For example, to ensure that a package going from New York to Tampa is delivered the next morning, the aircraft must depart New York no later than 10:00 p.m. for arrival at CVG between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. From 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., all cargo is sorted and reloaded on to aircraft. Departure from CVG occurs between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., with the arrival at Tampa between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Sortation and ground delivery in Tampa can then be achieved by 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. If the aircraft cannot depart on time from CVG, the on-time morning delivery deadline for all packages on the aircraft is missed.
Because meeting the delivery deadline is the business focus of the air cargo industry, it is critical to customer satisfaction and business reputation that aircraft move within a narrow window of operation. Missing the delivery deadline carries a cost to the airlines in the potential loss of customer accounts, and/or refunds for late delivery. As a service- based business, it is essential that carriers have the ability to expand their business without sacrificing service reliability, which is inherent to an overnight air cargo operation.
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