75 year history timeline
CVG 75 logo for 75th anniversary celebration and campaign

75 Years of CVG History

January 10, 2022 marks the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) 75th anniversary.  On January 10, 1947, at 9:23 a.m., the first flight landed at CVG, which was an American Airlines flight from Cleveland, OH. Minutes later the first Delta Airlines and TWA flights landed. Scheduled passenger service at that time averaged about 24 flights daily. 

Since that time, CVG has grown and expanded into a diversified business with both passenger and cargo activity resulting in $6.8 Billion economic impact on the entire region each year.


The first commercial flight left CVG on January 10, 1947, to Cleveland on American Airlines.CVG launched with three major commercial airlines – American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and TWA. As of 2021, CVG has 13 passenger airlines and tour operators.


On December 16, the jet age arrived as a Delta Air Lines Convair 880 began its first regularly scheduled passenger service.


New FAA Control Tower dedicated at CVG.

Murals from Cincinnati’s Union Terminal started arriving for installation at CVG.  

Aerial view of the passenger facilities at CVG.


DHL opens its cargo hub and night operations at CVG with 25,000 feet of space.In 2021, DHL Cincinnati Hub sits on 194 acres and has more than 1 million square feet of covered operations.


Parts of the famous 1988 movie, “Rain Man,” were filmed at CVG’s old terminal buildings.


CVG opened the new Concourse C on September 5, housing gates for Comair.


50th Anniversary of CVG – May 10, 2021


CVG saw recording breaking peak of 22.8 million passengers through the facilities.

2013 - Frontier plane pix

Frontier Airlines began service at CVG, becoming the airport’s first low-cost carrier.


Allegiant Airlines began flying out of CVG Airport.


CVG demolished the original terminal buildings 1 and 2 and Concourse C to prepare for future projects.


Southwest Airlines began flying out of CVG Airport.


Roadway construction begins at CVG to build for the future, creating a new entrance to the airport campus.


Amazon Air broke ground to build its first global air hub.


CVG becomes the 7th largest cargo airport in North America.


A new connected and consolidated rental car facility opens Fall 2021.


CVG celebrates 75 years since the first commercial flight on January 10, 2022. 

CVG’s current choices of airlines and tour operators for customers:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Apple Vacations
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Vacation Express
  • Viva Aerobus

CVG has been connecting travelers to what matters for 75 years!  As we celebrate this milestone anniversary of commercial flight at the Cincinnati/Norther Kentucky International Airport, we want to make your travel dreams come true.


Enter to Win the Travel Dreams Sweepstakes here or at an iPad station onsite at CVG Airport.  


Anniversary Travel Dream Sweepstakes Here