Cincinnati traffic drops 50% as businesses seek lower fares

With business travelers following the lead of leisure travelers in seeking out cheaper flights, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is bleeding customers to lower-cost competitors like Dayton, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky. A survey by the Cincinnati Enquirer found that three-fourths of local companies are using competing airports more than ever. "Unless you're suffering from delusion, you realize that the Cincinnati airport is now really in Dayton," says one aviation expert. At its peak in 2005, more than 22 million passengers passed through CVG airport. "We'll be lucky if we hit 10 million this year," says Lawson Walker II, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board.

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