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Why has the airline industry forsaken Ohio's airports? United de-hubbed Cleveland earlier this year. Delta progressively cut Cincinnati service to depressingly limited levels. Ultra-low-cost SkyBus said sayonara to its operations out of Columbus in 2008. Start-up JetAmerica never started up out of Toledo, and JetBlue ended its Columbus service almost as quickly as it begun. It seems as though Frontier and Spirit are the only ones still picking at the bones of Ohio routes, and both are typically last-choice airlines.
Every time a plane is tasked with an Ohio route, we imagine them whining, "do we have to?" Contrary to what it seems, there are still air travelers in Ohio! And one company is finally once again giving them something to smile about, with the opening of a new club at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport.
"The Club at CVG" is the seventh paid-entry lounge for Airport Lounge Development, Inc. All travelers at CVG, regardless of carrier, class of ticket or affinity membership, are welcome to enjoy 1,900 square feet of free snacks and beverages, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, bar service and business workstations. The per-person fee is $35, which bests other airline clubs by being $15 cheaper.
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Most travelers—both business and leisure—aren’t exactly huge fans of the smaller regional airlines acting as feeders for the big boys. Despite their lack of legroom they’re often an essential part of the travel experience, especially if you’re flying out of a smaller airport or heading to a more unique location. Apparently the airlines aren’t exactly thrilled with them either—necessary or not—as it looks like Delta is planning to shut the door on its partner over at Comair.
The regional carrier is based in Cincinnati and has already faced some tough times in the past—like when Delta turned much of their airport into a shell of its former self. Regardless, it's the serious end of the road for the planes, people, and pilots involved with the airline.
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Ever since Delta gobbled up Northwest Airlines—and grabbed a couple new hubs—things at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport just haven’t been the same. We’re sure that in the airport’s heyday it was the place to see and be seen, but right now the place is starting to look a little depressing. Don’t get us wrong though, it’s awesome to connect through as the place isn't crowded, it’s clean, and there’s no need to fight to score a table in the food court; however, the airport just looks like it would do anything for a few more flights.
We snapped a few photos to show off what we saw, and to see if you felt the same way about how sleepy the Delta side of the airport has become. From the TSA line through to the gate area it’s clear that this place was designed for way more passengers and planes, especially when you’re not even allowed to head up into an entire concourse anymore.
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Backscatter scanners at Pittsburgh Airport
The issue of whether or not to going along with full-body scanning at airport remains a hot one. Earlier this week, one of Jaunted's special operatives found himself facing a scanner at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport. He chose the pat-down and this is his story:
I made it to the shitty Terminal 2 [at CVG] with plenty of time before my flight. There was no line at security, but I did notice the TSA people were using the type of body scanner that looks like two monoliths on either side [ed. note: this is the Backscatter ray scanner]. It also seemed as if they had standard security open with the metal detector, but when i was about to put my belt and things down for their scan, a TSA lady was like "body scanner!" and i said, "I would like to opt out, please." And she said, "okay, hold on."
Even if I was in hurry, I still wasn't interested in getting drilled with not entirely tested radiation. So I waited there and after two minutes, they said that their only male groping artist was busy just then. Okay, so they didn't use those exact words to describe him, but he was busypatting down an elderly man on a scooter.
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We realize that going to the airport isn’t exactly as exciting as flying out of the airport—like when you’re the only one that can drop-off grandma on a Thursday afternoon. Sometimes it just isn’t in the cards, so why not just take an airport tour? Here’s three airports that offer up free field trips to everywhere but the sky:
· John Wayne Airport
The tour of Orange County’s airport might not be as exhilarating as the area’s other attractions—uh, Disneyland—but it’s still better than watching repeats of Real Housewives. The Thomas F. Riley Terminal is open to one and all, as volunteer tour guides are eager to take you for a spin around the airport.
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We’re not here to give you a lecture on what’s best for your health, as we realize after a stressful flight the only way to make things better might be with a cigarette. Smoking is a big no-no at most airports across the US, but there are still some where smoke in the terminal doesn’t require a police investigation. Here are five airport smoking lounges where you can still light up:
· Denver International Airport:
Colorado seems like a pretty healthy place, but they still have a spot for cigarette smoking at the airport. Don't hesitate to bum a smoke off a fellow passenger at The Aviator's Club on the west side of Jeppesen Terminal. If that’s not convenient for your layover, there’s the Mesa Verde smoking lounge within the A gates on the mezzanine level of the airport. The B gates have a smoking lounge as well, and the Smokin’ Bear—awesome—is located in the center of the C gates. Just keep track of time if you decide to try out more than one lounge, as your flight is not going to wait.
· Tampa International Airport:
Airports in Florida have the best smoking areas in the United States, as they usually have outside options so you can get some kind of fresh air at the same time as you ruin your lungs. We’ll pick Tampa International Airport as the best, since it boasts observation decks that double as smoking lounges on the airside of A, C, E and F. There are plenty of benches and ashtrays to make you more comfortable, as well as plenty of taxiing airplanes to check out. Although we're non-smokers, we kind of want to check this one out on or next trip to the Sunshine State.
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Officials at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International--one of America's most expensive airports--have confirmed that Skybus founder John Weikle toured CVG's Terminal 1 and is considering rebuilding his ultra-LCC JetAmerica in Southwest Ohio. The Cincinnati Enquirer had the news this morning, along with a money quote from an airport spokesman:
It was a feeling-out process to see how interested we were in him and how interested he would be with us. We think that what he's looking for is venture capital--and that wouldn't come from us at the airport, but rather from the community at large.
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You may not think of Cincinnati as a major airport city, but the Delta hub just south of town means more than a few passengers have layovers at CVG. Luckily, the airport just announced it'd be offering free wireless to flyers through a partnership with a couple local companies.
True, it's ad-supported, but we're not complaining. To get online, you'll need to be in Terminal 2 or 3 or in Concourse C. (No luck for you suckers in Concourses A and B.)
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Flyers in Columbus probably aren't celebrating the departure of JetBlue, and after a great Tuesday, the airline's stock is back in the doldrums. Factor in competition from Virgin America and Skybus and congestion at the hub in JFK, and it's a tough time to be Blue.
But folks in Cincinnati are trying to cheer up the low cost carrier with an invite to the area. Home to some of the highest average fares in the nation, CVG is practically begging for someone to break Delta's hold on the airport. JetBlue hasn't responded yet, but if they start flying to Cincy, maybe the airline'll have something to cheer about.
· Cincinnati: JetBlue Is Welcome Here [USA Today]
· Disney Sprucing Up Arrivals for International Visitors [Reuters]
· One More Season for Brooklyn's Astroland [NYT]
· Suffer Delays with Wine Bars, Spas and Gyms [CNN]
· Gossip Girl Star Chace Crawford Hanging Out in Manhattan with Carrie Underwood [NYP]
[Photo: Aaron Gustafson]