Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport to demolish Concourse C


CINCINNATI (AP) — A once-major, long-closed concourse at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will start disappearing this summer.

Concourse C will be torn down later this year after being permanently closed to passengers in 2008, airport officials told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1X0ffEP).

“We now have the ability to remove functionally obsolete and outdated facilities and replace them with needed infrastructure that will serve us well into the future,” airport CEO Candace McGraw said.

The airport — which is located in Hebron, Kentucky — has been undergoing a series of changes as it transitions from a Delta Air Lines hub to a multi-carrier operation.

Concourse C, which wasn’t connected to the main terminal, saw dwindling action in recent years after Delta scaled back its regional flights.

Officials expect demolition to begin sometime in August. It will take about a year to tear down the concourse and renovate the site, which is set to become parking for airplanes and a deicing pad.

Delta initially planned to lease Concourse C through 2025, but the airport renegotiated its agreement with the airline following CVG’s new contract with passenger and cargo carriers.

Delta and CVG first opened Concourse C in 1994, but the airline began focusing elsewhere after gaining new hubs following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Delta has cut approximately 600 flights out of CVG since 2005, but still remains the airport’s largest carrier.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com