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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

CVG Airport Marks 75th Anniversary with Year-long Celebration

Timeline display at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). The first flight landing at CVG was an American Airlines flight from Cleveland that landed Jan. 10, 1947.

Monday marked the 75th anniversary of commercial flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). On January 10, 1947, at 9:23 a.m., the first flight landed at CVG, which was an American Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio. Minutes later, the first Delta Airlines and TWA flights landed. Scheduled passenger service at that time averaged about 24 flights daily.

Since that time, CVG has grown and expanded into a diversified business with both passenger and cargo activity resulting in $6.8 billion economic impact on the entire region each year. 

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Today, the airport celebrated with American Airlines by surprising and delighting travelers with live music and giveaways including cake pops, cookies and swag from both the airport and airline. The airport also announced a year-long travel sweepstakes, where, every month, one lucky winner will receive an airfare voucher with one of CVG’s airline partners to make their travel dreams come true.

"This year, to celebrate all of the milestones throughout our 75 years, we are focused on inspiring travel once again," said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. "We want to ask the community to not only think about their travel dreams, but to go out there and pursue them. With our monthly giveaway, we will help 12 lucky winners pursue those dream trips.”


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"For 75 years, we’ve had the privilege to help support the airport’s growth by connecting residents with the people and places that matter most to them, and in helping the international community have access to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area," said Esther Maldonado, managing director of Central Division Sales for American Airlines. "We’re proud to celebrate this milestone together." 

American Airlines staff honors CVG for its 75th anniversary. An American Airlines flight was the first flight to land at the airport when it opened in 1947.

More announcements will be made throughout the year, which will be included on CVG’s 75th anniversary webpage. You can learn more and enter the travel dream sweepstakes at

CVG Airport welcomed more than 9.1 million passengers in 2019, serving a record number of local passengers. As the airport recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it still offers the most nonstop destinations and the lowest average airfares in the region. CVG is diversified in both passenger and cargo operations with an annual economic impact of $6.8 billion. It is the 7th largest cargo airport in North America – home to Amazon Air’s primary U.S. Hub and DHL Express Global Superhub. Learn more at

Travelers at CVG were greeted on Monday with 75th anniversary cookies and cake pops.

A 75th Anniversary display at the airport lets travelers know about the CVG travel sweepstakes.

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