More Flights, Destinations Increase CVG Thanksgiving Travel

Nov 21, 2017

Thanksgiving travel at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport is up 14 percent this year because of more flights, destinations and bigger planes.

More than 150,000 passengers are expected this week, with the peak travel time on Wednesday.

Diane Tvert beat the busiest time at CVG. Her husband, daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons arrived Monday from Arizona. "We flew Frontier. So Monday or Thursday for the direct flight. So Monday it is."

Diane Tvert flew from Arizona in an off-peak time with six other family members.
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Airport Spokeswoman Mindy Kershner offers these tips to avoid holiday travel stress:

You'll notice the baggage claim is getting a facelift

Construction Project Manager Damian Weller shows off new paint, energy-efficient lighting and wall treatments. He points out blue arches up above. "Actually it's the Roebling Bridge. The bridge is a component. The wood that we're going to put on the walls is more of a Kentucky bourbon type theme."

Airport Spokeswoman Mindy Kershner and Construction Project Manager Damian Waller stand in front of a baggage claim area that is still under construction.
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Outside the baggage claim, Weller says workers have installed better lighting and signage at the curb. The Ground Transportation Center is also under construction.

The $6 million dollar facelift is expected to be finished early next year.