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CVG finds niche with smaller airlines like Ultimate Air

Less than three months since Frontier Airlines starting flying out of CVG, the airport announced Wednesday public charter service Ultimate Air Shuttle will start service to Morristown Airport, NJ September 9th.

Ultimate Air Managing Director Rick Pawlak says the advantages are many:

  • Free ground transportation between CVG, Fountain Square and Lunken Airport
  • Complimentary parking at CVG next to the Administration Building
  • No TSA security checks
  • Late check-in
  • Quick boarding
  • No baggage fees
  • No cancellation fees

Pawlak expects most of his customers to be business travelers, but says the leisure sector is growing. Ultimate Air will fly four days a week from CVG to suburban New York City. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the charter departs at 10:45 a.m. On Wednesday flights depart CVG at 6:30 a.m.
Lunken Airport service continues

Ultimate Air flies Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday out of Lunken at 6:30 a. m., landing at 8:00. There are also flights to Chicago (Midway) and Charlotte (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport-Wilson Air Center).

Talks continue with other carriers

CEO Candace McGraw says private charters are becoming very popular. So are low-cost carriers, like Frontier.  The airport is continuing to negotiate with companies like Allegiant Air.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.