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Cincinnati Airport Now Offering Direct Flight to London Heathrow on British Airways

Wed Nov 16 2022

JobsOhio, along with partners REDI Cincinnati, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and Meet NKY, is announcing a new destination for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). British Airways will have a new direct route between the Cincinnati region and London Heathrow, with flights taking off in June 2023.

This is the only direct flight from the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to the United Kingdom. According to a 2019 independent economic impact study, 70% of CVG passengers are Ohio residents – approximately 9.1 million passengers annually.

"We appreciate the incredible collaboration to attract British Airways' direct service to CVG, which will bring a strong economic lift throughout the region," said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. "British Airways' newest North American direct route will boost business and trade on both sides of the Atlantic, better connecting the world to Ohio's growing and vibrant economy. This new service complements our statewide effort to re-build air capacity lost during the pandemic, which improves businesses here while making Ohio more attractive for future investment."

The economic impact of this new flight is estimated at $172 million over the next three years.

Not only does nonstop service to London benefit CVG from a passenger perspective, but it also will generate new and grow existing air cargo opportunities. 

"Air service is essential for economic growth, and British Airways' new round-trip flight from Cincinnati to London will connect one of the world's great financial capitals to Greater Cincinnati's diverse economy and open the region to more than 100 additional destinations worldwide," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Ohio airports contribute more than $18 Billion per year to Ohio's economy. In addition to the new flight from greater Cincinnati to London Heathrow, Ohio has created partnerships across the state, welcoming four new airlines and 18 routes for Ohio passengers over the past 13 months. JobsOhio's Air Service Restoration Program commits $10 million per year to assist business attraction and expansion efforts and has added more than 375,000 seats annually leading to $440 million in economic impact. This includes direct service on Alaska Airlines from Cleveland to Seattle; the addition of several new flights on Breeze Airways from both the Akron-Canton and Columbus airports; a new round trip flight from Dayton to Orlando on Avelo airlines; and Aer Lingus will be providing nonstop service to Dublin, Ireland, from Cleveland beginning in May of 2023. The annual economic impact of adding these five new airlines at six Ohio airports is $440 million.   

Customers traveling to London will travel in comfort on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with a choice of three cabins – World Traveler (economy), World Traveler Plus (premium economy), and Club World (business). British Airways is part of the oneworld alliance, which includes American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, and more. Tickets are now on sale for the route with introductory fares from $665. For more information, visit www.ba.com

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