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I like the idea of renaming the airport to honor John Glenn.  He's certainly worthy of it!

 

A bonus is dropping the "Port Columbus" name.  Even though it's the original name for the airport, it just never really sounded right.

 

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I agree that the repetition of 'port' has always sounded a little awkward to me, i.e. Port Columbus Airport, but I did appreciate the uniqueness of the name. However, other than a natural resistance to change, I have no problem with renaming CMH for John Glenn. As others have said, he is certainly worthy of the honor.

 

In the meantime though,

 

Port Columbus seeing more passengers

 

Port Columbus’ April passenger figures continued to mirror the national trend of more people flying, with a nearly 4 percent increase for the month compared with April 2015.

 

According to data from the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Port Columbus served 581,286 passengers last month. Southwest Airlines, the airport’s largest carrier, saw the biggest increase at 11.7 percent.

 

For the year through April, passenger traffic is up 7.2 percent at Port Columbus, while the number of flights has increased by 5.2 percent.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/05/25/1-april-activity-at-port-columbus-up-compared-with-2015.html

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Frontier Airlines is back in Columbus with daily flights to LAS and DEN and weekly services to MCO and PHL. Hope 3rd time is the charm; glad to have them back:

 

Frontier Airlines launches at Port Columbus

 

Frontier Airlines has returned to Port Columbus with a handful of flights to a handful of cities. But airport officials hope the re-entry of the low-cost carrier will create enough competition to hold the line on ticket prices, particularly to its initial destinations: Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Philadelphia.

 

The first flight, which took 150 passengers to Denver, left shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, with a water-cannon salute.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/06/01/frontier-airlines-launches-at-port-columbus.html

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On my last trip back to Columbus, I decided to utilize the new COTA Air Connect service from CMH to connect downtown to COTA to my parents' house in Upper Arlington.

 

The new service is fantastic. My flight arrived shortly after 11AM, was on a bus a bit after 11:15 and downtown before 11:30. There was one other passenger on the bus with me who appeared as though he was in town for business. The connection was seamless; I walked across Capitol Square to High St. and waited about 10 minutes for the #3 to take me to Kingsdale. I was home before 12:30.

 

While driving would have taken far less time, it was a great alternative - my folks don't drive much anymore and it was a great, cost-effective way to get where I needed to go safely and on-time. But for those terminating downtown, the service is truly excellent. Here's hoping it sticks around.

 

 

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Well, if it's just you and another passenger on that bus...dunno about it staying around!  I hope so, though.


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CMH will soon be changing its name from 'Port Columbus International Airport' to 'John Glenn Columbus International Airport'.  Alot of people wondered where the "Port" title came from.  So did Dispatch columnist Joe Blundo.  Below is his recent article that looks at the origin of the "Port" title and the appropriateness of the pending "John Glenn" title:

 

-- Joe Blundo commentary: Our ‘port’ might soon harbor name we esteem:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/05/29/1-joe-blundo-column-renaming-the-airport.html

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Name change from Port Columbus International Airport to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport is now official.

 


http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2016/06/06.14.2016-glenn-airport.html:

 

"Gov. John Kasich today signed into law a bill changing the name of the Port Columbus International Airport to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport."

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Port Columbus adding Land-Grant Brewing, losing Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe in dining shakeup

 

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Port Columbus International Airport is making over its food and drink offerings.

 

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s Facilities & Service Committee on Wednesday will consider an eight-year contract extension with concessions operator Host International Inc., which is planning to spend $8.75 million on improvements.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/06/21/port-columbus-adding-land-grant-brewing-losing.html


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^ Some good improvements overall. Land Grant especially will be a nice add to the lineup, and I'm glad to see Johnny Rockets finally getting the boot out of C.

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I miss the old cafeterias in malls. Bring those back!

 

Or at least the one in East Liverpool. MayDay[/member] knows this one I'm sure.

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John Glenn Airport has second-busiest June in passenger traffic

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 5:30 PM

 

The monthly passenger total at recently renamed John Glenn Columbus International Airport continued its two-year growth streak in June, according to data released at Tuesday's airport-board meeting.  The airport reported its second-busiest June and an 11 percent increase in passengers over June 2015.

 

In the first half of the year, meanwhile, the airport, formerly known as Port Columbus, recorded an 8.3 percent jump in passengers from a year earlier.  Through June, 3.5 million passengers had used the airport; in June, the figure was 689,135.

 

The addition of flights, in particular by Southwest and Delta airlines, have been a driving force in the increase.  This year through June, Southwest increased its flights by 17.3 percent.  Delta, which is third in terms of the number of flights at the airport, behind American Airlines, increased them by 5.4 percent.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/07/26/john-glenn-airport-has-second-busiest-june-in-passenger-traffic.html

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Airport projects ongoing at John Glenn Columbus International

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 4:51 AM

 

John Glenn Columbus International — the airport formerly known as Port Columbus — has been less of a construction zone in the past few months, since an $80 million terminal renovation was completed in March.  The overhaul isn’t quite done, though.

 

On Monday, work is scheduled to begin on the terminal’s curbside entrance on both the departure and arrival levels, a project to be completed by spring.  These are the “final touches,” said David Whitaker, vice president of business development for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

 

The $8.3 million project should result in more clearly marked crosswalks, better lighting and a generally more attractive “front door to the community,” as airport authority CEO Elaine Roberts called of the overall terminal renovation.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/09/25/1-airport-projects-ongoing-at-john-glenn.html

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Behind the scenes look at how Port Columbus airport got its name changed to John Glenn airport:

 

Jack Kessler’s Big Idea

BY DAVE GHOSE, COLUMBUS MONTHLY

 

When Columbus’ airport was renamed after John Glenn in late June, it was hard to imagine a person more deserving of the honor.  That tribute, however, wouldn’t have occurred without the guiding hand of another John.  As he has for decades, New Albany Company Chairman John “Jack” Kessler — the city’s ultimate relationship guy — worked his connections to execute an important civic change.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2016/09/jack-kesslers-big-idea.html

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John Glenn Airport looks to increase flights to West Coast

By Marla Matzer Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 5:01 AM

 

The addition of flights at John Glenn Columbus International Airport has given a quick boost to area development efforts, say leaders who work to attract business to central Ohio.  Now, aided by financial incentives and a strong area economy, officials are seeking more flights to the West Coast and elsewhere.

 

David Whitaker, vice president of business development for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, said he’s optimistic about Columbus’ chances of getting additional service to the West Coast to add to Columbus’ three combined daily flights to Los Angeles and Oakland, California (a secondary airport for San Francisco).

 

Seattle is a likely next candidate for nonstop flights, as nearly 100 people on average travel in each direction between Columbus and Seattle daily, but there are no nonstop flights to the city.  San Diego and San Francisco International Airport are other key targets.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/10/06/1-john-glenn-airport-looks-to-increase-flights-to-west-coast.html

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Is it really "John Glenn Columbus International Airport" and not "Columbus John Glenn International Airport"? How silly.  To your question, I don't expect the FAA identifier (CMH) to change.

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^^My understanding is that the FAA rarely allows these codes to change, and you may not be able to get the letter combo that makes sense. Sioux City, Iowa provides an interesting example:

 

A airport that has worked hard to change its given code is Sioux City's Sioux Gateway Airport—SUX. Mayor Craig Berenstein described the SUX code as an "embarrassment". City leaders petitioned the FAA to change the code in 1998 and again in 2002. At one point the FAA offered the city five alternatives—GWU, GYO, GYT, SGV and GAY—but airport trustees didn't like any of them enough to change. In 2007 the airport made the best of their sucky cipher and started promoting the airport with the slogan "FLY SUX."

 

http://www.skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

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When will Columbus need a new airport? Officials studying lifespan of John Glenn International

 

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How long until Columbus needs a brand new airport? It’s a question being put to the test.

 

Fresh off an $80 million modernization of John Glenn International Airport, officials are launching a year-long study to determine the facility’s lifespan.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/14/when-will-columbus-need-a-new-airport-officials.html


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New 10-Acre Car Rental Facility Coming to John Glenn Airport in 2020

 

Representatives from the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) announced today that they have selected TranSystems Corporation of Ohio to design a new rental car facility at the airport. The new facility is slated for construction on 10 acres of land in the center of the airport’s property, and will replace the current car rental facility located in the lower levels of the main airport parking garage.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-10-acre-car-rental-facility-coming-to-john-glenn-airport-in-2020

 

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Land-Grant Brewing taking to the skies with brewpub at John Glenn International

 

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Land-Grant Brewing Co. is taking to the skies.

 

Well, not literally because you can’t carry liquids onto an airplane, but the Franklinton craft brewery’s taproom at John Glenn Columbus International Airport will open Monday so weary travelers can enjoy a craft pint on their way in or out of the airport’s concourse B. There will be six-packs for sale to inbound passengers.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/12/01/land-grant-brewing-taking-to-the-skies-with-new.html


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Some more CMH news:

 

Frontier adds 4x weekly service to Fort Myers (RSW) for a month during Spring Break:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/12/14/1-frontier-adds-spring-break-flights-to-fort-myers.html

 

CMH hosts the arts in Columbus:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2016/12/13/1-airport-gallery-a-runway-of-works-entertainment.html

 

A design group has been chosen for the new rental car facility that will be the first stage in a new terminal complex:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/12/05/1-airport-picks-designer-for-rental-car-center.html

 

The CRAA derived a report comparing JGCIA to 14 peer airports around the country:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/12/03/1-john-glenn-airport-compared-with-peer-cities-in-new-quarterly-report.html

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John Glenn International saw 2nd-busiest year ever in 2016

 

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The newly renamed John Glenn Columbus International Airport was bustling in 2016.

 

Riding the momentum of a strengthening U.S. economy and thriving Central Ohio region, the airport saw its second-highest total ever for passenger traffic during the year.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/01/24/john-glenn-international-saw-2nd-busiest-year-ever.html


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^ More about the 2016 numbers for John Glenn Columbus International Airport

 

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John Glenn airport recorded second-busiest year in '16

By Marla Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Updated: January 25, 2017 - 8:40 AM

 

John Glenn Columbus International Airport recorded its second-busiest year ever last year, serving 7.3 million passengers.  That was a 7.8 percent increase over 2015.  And that may just be the beginning.

 

Elaine Roberts, CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, told the board of Experience Columbus last week that 2017 is expected to become the busiest in the airport's history as activity overall continues to increase.  The previous busiest year at John Glenn, renamed from Port Columbus last year, was 2007.  That was the year that the short-lived, Columbus-based Skybus Airlines launched.

( . . . )

For 2016, Southwest Airlines remained the top carrier at John Glenn airport, accounting for 36 percent of the passenger total.  It was followed by American Airlines (25 percent), Delta Air Lines (22 percent) and United Airlines (13 percent).  Frontier Airlines, an ultra-low-cost airline, accounted for 2 percent of passengers at the airport.  It launched in June, serving a handful of cities several times a week from John Glenn.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170124/john-glenn-airport-recorded-second-busiest-year-in-16

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John Glenn International reports busiest January since 2008

 

John Glenn Columbus International Airport is off to a busy start to the year.

 

More passengers got on and off planes at the airport in January than during any January since 2008, show new data from the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/03/01/john-glenn-international-reports-busiest-january.html

 

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John Glenn airport 'most improved' in North America

By Marla Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:07 PM

 

After an $80 million terminal renovation and its renaming after the late Ohio astronaut John Glenn, Columbus' main airport has gotten a thumbs-up from travelers.  John Glenn Columbus International has been named most improved airport in North America for 2016 from trade organization Airports Council International. 

 

The award was based on surveys administered to airport visitors last year and is part of the group's annual Airport Service Quality award program that recognizes airports with high customer satisfaction. ... John Glenn Columbus had been ranked slightly lower than average in the J.D. Power North American Airport Satisfaction Survey that was released late last year.  But this most recent J.D. Power survey was taken primarily in the period before terminal renovations at the airport were completed.

 

Improvement projects at John Glenn airport continue.  Work is underway to improve the curb-front entrance with new glass doors and lighting; update customer-service kiosks; and expand Concourse C's security checkpoint to accommodate a growing number of passengers.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170308/john-glenn-airport-most-improved-in-north-america

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NextGen air-traffic control system coming to John Glenn airport

By Marla Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

In terms of aviation technology, central Ohio's skies are like aging surface streets.  By early 2019, however, a modern air-traffic control system is expected to turn them into modern highways.  The transformation is called "NextGen," referring to the Federal Aviation Administration's introduction across the country of a satellite-based system that uses GPS-enabled technology.  It is replacing radar- and radio-based technology that has been used for decades.

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The new system will be used to direct flight activity at all Columbus-area airports: John Glenn, Rickenbacker, Bolton Field and Ohio State University's Don Scott Airport. ... OSU's aviation studies center has been working with Columbus-based private-jet operator NetJets and the Columbus airport authority to study the design of routes under NextGen and the use of digital data from the system for research purposes.

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A public meeting on the coming changes is expected in the next few months, airport officials said at last week's Columbus Regional Airport Authority board meeting.  The webpage up for the Columbus project — www.faa.gov/nextgen/communityengagement/cmh — will continue to be updated.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170308/nextgen-air-traffic-control-system-coming-to-john-glenn-airport

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Nothing earth-shattering from this article. Much of the same information previously seen in other articles on the attempts to gain new service and talks of a new terminal:

 

Local airport officials look forward to more nonstop flights, new terminal project

By Marla Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday April 14, 2017 at 6:40 AM

 

Airports don’t just reflect the health of a region’s economy, they help drive it.

 

That was very much top-of-mind both for Columbus Regional Airport Authority officials and peers from across the country as they gathered Downtown this week for the National Airport Economic Development Conference.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170414/local-airport-officials-look-forward-to-more-nonstop-flights-new-terminal-project

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NextGen air-traffic control system coming to John Glenn airport

By Marla Rose, The Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

The new system will be used to direct flight activity at all Columbus-area airports: John Glenn, Rickenbacker, Bolton Field and Ohio State University's Don Scott Airport. ... OSU's aviation studies center has been working with Columbus-based private-jet operator NetJets and the Columbus airport authority to study the design of routes under NextGen and the use of digital data from the system for research purposes.

( . . . )

 

As part of the NextGen implementation the FAA had proposed merging all the Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities in the southern half of Ohio into the Columbus TRACON - and all the northern ones into the Cleveland TRACON. In the end local interests killed (or at least delayed) these mergers. Only Akron/Canton and Mansfield will be merged into Cleveland - for now.  The logic behind the mergers, however, is irrefutable; they will happen eventually. 


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Fourth hotel planned next to John Glenn Columbus International Airport

 

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A fourth hotel is being planned next to John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/19/fourth-hotel-planned-next-to-john-glenn-columbus.html


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John Glenn International getting new $154M rental car facility - here’s who’s building it

 

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John Glenn Columbus International Airport is closer to having a new rental car facility.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/05/17/john-glenn-international-getting-new-154m-rental.html


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Your options might be pretty limited since the concourses at CMH are not connected. If you're flying into Concourse A, Donatos and Vino Volo would probably be your best bets. If you're in Concourse B, then probably Land Grant Brewing Co. If it's Concourse C you're arriving in, then Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. If you decide to leave the Concourses, then Max & Erma's is the best pre-security option. Hope this helps.

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Your options might be pretty limited since the concourses at CMH are not connected. If you're flying into Concourse A, Donatos and Vino Volo would probably be your best bets. If you're in Concourse B, then probably Land Grant Brewing Co. If it's Concourse C you're arriving in, then Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. If you decide to leave the Concourses, then Max & Erma's is the best pre-security option. Hope this helps.

 

Very helpful, thanks.  So I can't go between concourses without passing through security again?  Bummer.

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Columbus airport heading for new $1B terminal by 2035 – here's why

 

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Yes, it just completed $80M in upgrades and might seem like a whole new airport, but officials say the facility’s usefulness has an expiration date: 2035 at the latest.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/05/19/airport-heading-for-new-1b-terminal-by-2035-heres.html


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