CVG Holds the Lowest Airfares in the Region Four Years in a Row

Oct. 20, 2021
Airport reports serving 75-80% of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

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; 7% 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

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.

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.