Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Airport Guide

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), founded in 1947, has been serving the commercial passenger and cargo sector from the dawn of the aviation industry to its thriving age. The airport spread in over 7,700 acres of land has four runways, including a diverse base of operations on and near campus. CVG is the 7th largest cargo airport in North America; as one of the major airports in Kentucky, CVG has $6.8 billion annual impacts on the economy of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky MSA(2018). 

CVG airport Prime aircraft at row

The Kentucky-based airport, one of the United State’s fastest-growing airports, serves the Greater Cincinnati area throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and beyond.

CVG Airport Operations

There are currently 12 passengers airlines and tour operators associated with the airport like Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, United,  Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines, including Vacation Express, Viva Aerobus, and  Apple vacations. The Kentucky-based airport has more than 50 non-stop destinations and is growing with the demand of the customer. The Tri-state premier airport offers more departures to a greater number of non-stop destinations than any surrounding airport. The airlines associated with the airport provide services to non-stop popular stops like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Seattle, Washington, and many more. 

The airport’s innovative approaches increased the number of carriers, expanding the number of operating routes and optimizing the average airfares; CVG served 9.1 million passengers in 2019, a record number which is a 34% increase in the number of clients comparing to the data of 2016. Similarly, the cargo segment of the airport also has played a significant role in its transformation; the cargo volume rose by 19% YOY, indicating the growth of the segment by 50% in the last three years. The  7th largest cargo airport in North America handled 1.5 million tons of cargo for the 12 months ending in March 2021, which has been estimated to be an 83% increase for 60 months ending March 2021.

Also, two global air carriers Amazon Air and DHL, are slated for opening in 2021 that is expected to crunch the numbers even higher for the cargo segment at the CVG. 

Robotic Future for Airports

The 21st-century modernization of airports has introduced a lot of innovative approaches that were futuristic dreams just a few decades ago. Among the cutting-edge modernization, automation, and artificial intelligence has been a major part. With the race for futuristic automation at the airport among the big fishes, North America is likely anticipated to lead the airport robotics market. The North American region with the largest airports in the world is expected to lead the innovative strategies reshaping the airports with the future touches.

Amidst the popular airports, the CVG airport located in Kentucky got approved for the $1.5 billion aviation hub from Amazon. The air hub at the CVG airport will help accelerate the airport’s delivery with faster and greater control over its logistic network. The construction launched in 2019 for an 8,00,000 square feet complex at the airport now consists of robots, kilometer-long conveyor belts, and other amazing futuristic features. 

CVG Airpot’s Corporative Partnership with FTE Innovation & Startup

The CVG airport joined the FTE Innovation & Startup Hub as its newest cooperative partner in July 2021. The CVG airport expects the partnership to push the innovative boundaries at the airport with the new technological developments that will make the airport interaction with the clients more efficient and smooth. The recent projects of the partnership range from the introduction of the autonomous ground service equipment at the airport to the services of the ”Gita” robot. The AI robots introduced in November 2020 are among an increasing number of solutions for contactless travel, a 9much required innovation to meet the need of the current pandemic world introduced at the CVG airport. The ”Git” robot’s possibilities are endless from picking up foods and duty-free goods for the travelers; the AI robot even hauls the passengers carry-on around before they board the plane.

The CVG airport also was one of the first airports in the United States to adapt to the Internet of Things IoT) sensor technology in the security checkpoints to monitor and display the wait times. The airport had partnered with Veovo to expand data input at the airport in May 2021; the curb-to-flight flow management technology of the Veovo allows the airport to understand the passenger movement into other areas of the terminal and concourses. With the priority to provide a memorable and predictable journey to the passengers, from the driveway to the runways, the airport wants to excel at every interaction of the passengers with the airport. The innovative solutions provided by the Veovo make the collection and analysis of the passenger’s data possible, which will help the airport make better plans, improve productivity, and respond to the customer’s needs even faster.

Increased Travel and Airline Options At CVG

The increase of the vaccination process globally and a bit of control of the Covid-19 has given hope for the travel industry and aviation sector to take a breather. The CVG airport is currently serving only 55% of the client volume of 2019. the Kentucky-based airport expects the percentage will jump to 70%/-80% in the summer of 2021. CVG planning to gradually increasing the demand for air traffic is operating at 25-year low airfare for the passenger’s assurance and attraction on the air travel again. Introducing new routes and air carriers like Sun Country Airlines and Alaska Airlines aims to increase the number of travelers in the upcoming holiday seasons. CVG airport celebrated the inauguration of the two new airlines in May 2021, increasing carrier options, travel networks, and schedules for the clients.

The new strategy could be good news for the CVG and the entire travel industry; the people who have been cooped up with the frequent lockdown and restrictions are looking for an adventurous journey now the restrictions have started to ease on a global scale the potential return of the travel days. With vaccination proof requirements, and Covid-19 test results, most countries have slowly started to permit tourists.

Airport Rental Cars

The passengers can book the car rental services through the rental agencies approved by the airport like:

Alamo Renta A Car 


Avis Rent A Car

Budget Rent A Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Dollar Car Rental

National Car Rental

Payless Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental


Parking at CVG airport

The passengers can take a rental car shuttle from the Baggage Claim area to pick their suitable rental operator. In addition to the on-airport operators, the passengers can also choose the rideshare services like Lyft and Uber. And, for the private van/car or limousine options, the passengers can choose from operators like A Limousine, A Savannah Nite, Ambassador Capital Limousine, Gold Shield, Ohio Luxury Transport, and many more; check the list for further details. However, the service after 12 a.m. may be limited for walk-ups, so the customers are suggested to pre-arrange the transportation with an operator before the arrival.

Airport Parking

The airport has 5,00 covered spaces at the CVG Terminal garage, which is adjacent to the Terminal. CVG also offers a Premium Reserved parking package that feels like having an aisle seating sensation for the passenger vehicle. The parking spaces are located in the Terminal garage, and the passengers can book the spaces from the ticketing counter at Level C in Rows 28-29 of the garage. The passenger can pay $4 as a per-day fee when making the reservation and standard rates when exiting the garage. 

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For the CVG’s ValuePark and Economy Lot options, the passengers receive pick up/drop off at shuttle shelters with the courtesy shuttle option to the Terminal. The airport is also prepping for the CVG Curbside Valet option that’s fast and simple with covered access on the baggage claim level, expected to operate from Fall 2021. 

CVG airport valuepark

The airport also operates the CVG Parking Advanatge® program. The passengers can enjoy efficient tickets parking options with the perks of free parking rewards applicable to all open parking spaces at the CVG Parking Lots. This program offers access cards to passengers who can enter and exit Terminal Garage, ValuPark, and Economic Lot through the advantage lanes. The parking fee is automatically charged to a credit card filed, and receipts are instantly charged emailed to the respective client.

CVG has reserved the spaces in the northern part of the ValuPark for its employees for dedicated entry and exit without disturbing the flow of the passengers. 

Electric Vehicles Parking At CVG

The CVG airport offers charging stations in the Terminal Garage Level D- Row 30 and Row 1 on the ValuPark spaces for the electric vehicles. The charging stations are absolutely free for the passenger who pay for the parking spaces. Both of the charging stations at the airport feature Level 1 charging units of 120 volts that are capable of charging the electric vehicles in just 8 hours.  The airport doesn’t practice any kind of reservation options for the charging station parking lots; it operates on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the passengers may have to wait in the queue depending on the season and time of arrival.

Reviews on CVG Airport

The CVG airport has received three and a half stars out of 5 on Yelp, evaluating the  556 reviews on the airport’s operation. The easy, swift navigation system, ease of operations, nice restaurants and shops including hygiene & cleanliness, customer service, and charging capabilities of the electronics received high regard in the user-experience-based reviews. Similarly, the Kentucky-based airport has also received four full stars out of 5 in its Facebook page reviews; the CVG reviews on its Facebook page are based on the opinion of 900 people.

Airport Hotels Nearby

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cincinnati Airport

Located on the Cincinnati Airport ground itself, the Cincinnati Airport DoubleTree Hotel is an excellent option for the passengers visiting the area. The hotel is located just 0.4 miles away from the CVG, just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati attractions. 

The warm, rich-color decorations, exceptional multi-sided stone fireplaces, relaxing libraries, indoor pools, pet-friendly rooms, and fitness center are some of the star features of the airport hotel. The guest of the DoubleTree Hotel receives a complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel, with a guest capacity of 177 rooms. The hotel also offers ten meeting rooms and 7,000 sq ft event space to the clients. 

Hampton Inn Herbon

Hampton Inn Herbon, another popular hotel rated 4 Stars, is just 2 miles away from the Kentucky airport, located at 755 Petersburg road in Hebron. Hampton is an upper-midscale smoke-free hotel; the passengers can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi, free parking spaces, and heated indoor swimming pools. The room rates start from $160 per night at the Hampton Inn Hebron.

Marriott Hotel Cincinnati Airport Hebron

Marriott is an upper-upscale premium hotel that has scored 4 Stars for its service, located at a distance of 2 miles from the CVG airport. The full-service hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the Cincinnati Airport, and the passengers can enjoy the perks of free parking spaces in the hotel. Equipped with a heated indoor swimming pool, the hotel also hosts exercise rooms; however, there are no pet-friendly rooms available at the Marriott Hotel. The room prices start from $209, and the hotel charges $7 per night for internet access, including $15 park and fly costs per stay up to 14 nights. 

Comfort  Suites Hebron

The mid-scale smoke-free hotel is located 2.5miles away from the CVG airport; the all-suite hotel has received 3 Stars rating for its services. Comfort  Suites offers a free shuttle to the CVG airport for its guests and is equipped with an indoor heated swimming pool; the hotel also serves complimentary hot breakfast buffets, free WiFi, and free parking spaces; however, it doesn’t have options for park & fly and pet-friendly rooms. The suites start at the price of $102 at the Comfort Suites Hebron.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Cincinnati Airport Hebron 

The country is another upper-midscale hotel, 2.5 miles from the Cincinnati Airport; Country Inn is a 3-star hotel that offers rooms with a starting price of $131. The hotel guest can enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool, exercise room with complimentary continental breakfast, and free WiFi perks. The hotel charges $5 for the use of its parking spaces and park & fly cost of $100 for up to 7 days.

Cheaper Options

Quality Inn & Suites Erlanger

Rated 3 stars, the cheap hotel at the distance of 1.6 miles from the CVG airport free parking and truck parking spaces to its guests. The guests are also eligible to free shuttle service to the Cincinnati Airport and can enjoy the amenities like free WiFi, free parking, free continental breakfast, exercise room, and an outdoor swimming pool open during summer. The room prices are listed from $76 per night, and the hotel doesn’t accommodate any pet-friendly rooms.

Econo Lodge Erlanger

Rooms prices starting at $71; Econo is a cheap motel nearby the CVG airport. The 3.3 miles far motel from the Kentucky-based airport offers free continental breakfast, some smoking rooms, free WiFi, and free parking spaces to the guests. The motel doesn’t charge any fee for the pet-owning guest; however, there is no swimming pool facility at the motel.

Red Rood Inn Cincinnati Airport Erlanger

Red Roof Inn is a cheap motel at a distance of 3.4 miles from the Cincinnati Airport. Rooms prices starting at just $59; this motel offers some smoking rooms, free WiFi, free parking spaces, and outdoor pools open during summer. The rooms in the motel are pet-friendly, so the guest doesn’t have to pay an extra fee for keeping them.

Days Inn Florence

Days Inn Florence is a cheap motel-hotel at a distance of 3.9 miles from the CVG airport. The hotel-motel offers some smoking rooms, free WiFi, and free parking spaces to its guests, price of rooms starts from $72 per night, and guests can pay $20 per night if they have a pet together with them.

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