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September stats are out and CMH continues it's solid growth. Allegiant at LCK has fallen off slightly compared to last year. 

 

September

CMH 2018: 648,346

LCK 2018: 18,752

Tot. 2018: 667,098

 

CMH 2019: 695,409

LCK 2019: 15,796

Tot. 2019: 711,205

 

CMH Var.:+ 7.2%

LCK Var.: -15.8%

Tot. Var.: +6.6%

 

Year to Date

CMH 2018: 6,038,337

LCK 2018: 252,125

Tot. 2018: 6,290,462

 

CMH 2019: 6,422,240

LCK 2018: 247,133

Tot. 2019: 6,669,373

 

CMH Var.: +6.4%

LCK Var.: -2.0%

Tot. Var.: +6.0%

 

As you can see, CMH is continuing a healthy growth for a second year in a row, although our rate of growth is slightly behind our rate of growth through this point last year. CMH is on pace to hit ~8.7M for the year with LCK likely coming in close to 300k. Next year, CMH should eclipse the 9M mark even with a drastic reduction in the rate of growth. We should only need to ridership to grow by about 3% next year to hit the 9M mark. 

 

Additionally, CMH continues to inch closer to CVG. CVG is about 7% larger the CMH, and about 3% larger than CMH+LCK through September of this year. CVG has added a couple new direct flights recently, so it will be interesting to see how well CMH can continue to close the gap once those come into play. 

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Here's why CMH is unlikely to get more international flights anytime soon

 

Apart from Toronto, Canada, the only other nonstop flights from CMH to international locations are seasonal ones to Cancun and the Dominican Republic.

 

And that's unlikely to change anytime soon, according to one analysis of Columbus passenger booking data from OAG, a British travel analytics firm.

Why? Columbus passengers simply haven't demonstrated enough demand.

 

 

The top unserved faraway market for Columbus is Tokyo, Japan, according to an OAG analysis of one-way bookings originating in Columbus from September 2018 to August 2019.

 

Tokyo had an estimated nearly 15,500 bookings starting from Columbus during that period. However, it would take about 50,000 bookings annually to support a nonstop flight, according to John Grant, a senior analyst with OAG.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/12/03/heres-why-cmh-is-unlikely-to-get-more.html

 

 

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Alaska Air to add 2nd, seasonal flight from Columbus to Seattle

 

The seasonal flight will operate from June 18 through Aug. 17, complementing Alaska’s year-round, daily nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Seattle that began last March.
 

https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20191231/alaska-air-to-add-2nd-seasonal-flight-from-columbus-to-seattle

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17 hours ago, cbussoccer said:

Alaska Air to add 2nd, seasonal flight from Columbus to Seattle

 

The seasonal flight will operate from June 18 through Aug. 17, complementing Alaska’s year-round, daily nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Seattle that began last March.
 

https://www.thisweeknews.com/business/20191231/alaska-air-to-add-2nd-seasonal-flight-from-columbus-to-seattle

We need more flights to San Francisco and another to San Jose.

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4 hours ago, aderwent said:

We need more flights to San Francisco and another to San Jose.


Agreed, but I’ll gladly accept additional service to Seattle. Even if it’s just a seasonal addition. 
 

Have we had direct service to San Jose before. I don’t remember ever having it. 

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1 hour ago, cbussoccer said:


Agreed, but I’ll gladly accept additional service to Seattle. Even if it’s just a seasonal addition. 
 

Have we had direct service to San Jose before. I don’t remember ever having it. 

Not sure but it's the most convenient to Silicon Valley. I hope we're focused on building corporate connections more than tourist connections. I'm not surprised the Seattle route is doing well enough to add another. I think a San Jose route would be critical in continuing our tech build up.

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Columbus left with no nonstop flights to Silicon Valley again after United’s pause, Southwest’s withdrawal

 

Members of Central Ohio's technology and venture capital industries are lamenting the metropolitan area's current lack of nonstop flights to Silicon Valley – a problem that continues to arise even after multiple airlines have seemed to solve it.

 

At the start of the year, Southwest discontinued its nonstop route between John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Oakland International Airport.  That route had existed since 2015, and was once lauded as a new frontier for Columbus to access the West (and all of its venture capital funding).  Also, the daily nonstop United Airlines flight between Columbus and San Francisco, which launched last June, is not running from Jan. 6 through March 5.  That, according to the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, stems from the airline's need to "match their flight schedule to demand" after the holiday season, when January and February are lower-demand passenger travel months.

 

But for those in the Columbus business community who regularly travel back and forth between the areas, this in-between period is rough. ... Nils Root, partner at Columbus venture capital firm Drive Capital LLC, called the current lack of nonstop flights a "nuisance."  "It's not keeping us from making the trip," Root said, noting that "half a dozen of our CEOs are fundraising out there right now."  "But, and needless to say," he continued, "we're all looking forward to Columbus having a direct flight again."

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/16/columbus-left-with-no-nonstop-flights-to-silicon.html

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10 minutes ago, Brutus_buckeye said:

Where is the closest direct flight there now? Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indy, Chicago?

 

Probably Cincy, but you can still get flights to San Fran with a layover of only 60-90 minutes so it doesn't make much sense to drive all the way to Cincy. 

 

Of note, the SLC flight is also on hiatus until March. Not entirely surprising considering the business travel there is likely minimal and vacation travel is very low there during the winter months. 

 

On an unrelated note, it would be nice if CMH would go ahead and publish some recent stats. They haven't posted anything on their website since September....

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21 hours ago, Columbo said:

Columbus left with no nonstop flights to Silicon Valley again after United’s pause, Southwest’s withdrawal

 

Members of Central Ohio's technology and venture capital industries are lamenting the metropolitan area's current lack of nonstop flights to Silicon Valley – a problem that continues to arise even after multiple airlines have seemed to solve it.

 

At the start of the year, Southwest discontinued its nonstop route between John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Oakland International Airport.  That route had existed since 2015, and was once lauded as a new frontier for Columbus to access the West (and all of its venture capital funding).  Also, the daily nonstop United Airlines flight between Columbus and San Francisco, which launched last June, is not running from Jan. 6 through March 5.  That, according to the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, stems from the airline's need to "match their flight schedule to demand" after the holiday season, when January and February are lower-demand passenger travel months.

 

But for those in the Columbus business community who regularly travel back and forth between the areas, this in-between period is rough. ... Nils Root, partner at Columbus venture capital firm Drive Capital LLC, called the current lack of nonstop flights a "nuisance."  "It's not keeping us from making the trip," Root said, noting that "half a dozen of our CEOs are fundraising out there right now."  "But, and needless to say," he continued, "we're all looking forward to Columbus having a direct flight again."

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/16/columbus-left-with-no-nonstop-flights-to-silicon.html

 

This article is surprising, somewhat. The WN flight to OAK was a tough route to begin with: OAK is generally considered the less-preferred Bay Area airport, connections are limited, and Southwest probably had a tough time getting the yields necessary to make the O&D on the route work, especially once UA entered the market. Add the fleet constraints due to the MAX grounding and the route was ripe for the chopping block. I do think the route could work on a summer-seasonal basis once the fleet is back to full strength, however Southwest has shown no indication of the resuming the route. United's 2-month suspension of SFO shouldn't be anything to worry about. Airlines cut capacity quite a bit in January and February, and the route was a logical cut for the airline. It's worth noting that West Coast access still remains good with Alaska continuing to run SEA daily during the slower winter months. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the article paints a somewhat bleak picture unnecessarily. It's definitely an inconvenience for local businesses that need the service year-round, but if they continue to move the necessary passengers over existing hubs this season, it could cause the airlines to reconsider the seasonal suspensions in the winter of 2021. 

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Final numbers for 2019:

 

CMH: 8,637,108 (+6.1%)

LCK: 308,780 (+0.5%)

Combined: 8,945,888 (+5.9%)

 

LCK had a great last three months apparently. 61,647 Oct-Dec vs just 55,122 those three months last year. That's +11.8%.

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2 hours ago, aderwent said:

Final numbers for 2019:

 

CMH: 8,637,108 (+6.1%)

LCK: 308,780 (+0.5%)

Combined: 8,945,888 (+5.9%)

 

LCK had a great last three months apparently. 61,647 Oct-Dec vs just 55,122 those three months last year. That's +11.8%.


Where did you get theses stats? I’ve been checking their website daily to find them but I haven’t seen anything posted since the September numbers. 
 

Regardless, another strong year for the Columbus airports. Nearly 9m combined! They better start expediting that new terminal project. 

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58 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:


Where did you get theses stats? I’ve been checking their website daily to find them but I haven’t seen anything posted since the September numbers. 
 

Regardless, another strong year for the Columbus airports. Nearly 9m combined! They better start expediting that new terminal project. 

https://newshub.columbusairports.com/storage/production/20200124173904-2019-record-breaking-columbus-air-service.pdf

 

They released the numbers yesterday.

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7 hours ago, aderwent said:

Final numbers for 2019:

 

CMH: 8,637,108 (+6.1%)

LCK: 308,780 (+0.5%)

Combined: 8,945,888 (+5.9%)

 

LCK had a great last three months apparently. 61,647 Oct-Dec vs just 55,122 those three months last year. That's +11.8%.

 

Allegiant flights to some areas like Savannah/HHI continued later into the year this year vs last. Have to think that had a big impact on the numbers.

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On 1/25/2020 at 2:18 PM, cbussoccer said:

They better start expediting that new terminal project.

I remember they said that the time to pull the trigger would be 8.8 million passengers per year or 2028, whichever came first.  So, we should hit that next year.  It's nice to see we're about 7 years ahead of schedule from when they first started talking about the new terminal.  I wonder, will they want a couple of years at that number or will they pull the trigger as soon as they hit that number once?

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Here's how many people flew through CMH and Rickenbacker during the airports' record-breaking 2019

 

More people flew through John Glenn Columbus International Airport than ever before in 2019. And it's not the only local airport that can say that.

 

CMH served 8.6 million passengers in 2019, a 6.1% increase from 2018. And cargo airport Rickenbacker International Airport’s passenger terminal served nearly 309,000 passengers, a 0.5% increase over 2018. The airport authority said the 2019 figures surpassed traffic for any previous year for both airports.

 

“This marks the sixth consecutive year of passenger growth for CMH and LCK,” Joe Nardone, president and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, said in a statement. “In the last two years, we experienced a 14% upsurge in passenger traffic equaling 1.1 million people.”

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/01/27/heres-how-many-people-flew-through-cmh-and.html

 

Photo-by-Sourav-Chakraborty-62df67d35056

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The airport has finally uploaded the statistics for November and December but oddly have not uploaded October yet.

 

Since the overall passenger growth has already been posted above, I'll post the performance by airline.

  • Air Canada
    • Total Pax: 73,230
    • Percent Change: -0.3%%
    • Actual Change: -236
  • Alaska Airlines
    • Total Pax: 74,366
    • Percent Change: N/A
    • Actual Change: N/A
  • American Airlines
    • Total Pax: 2,053,530
    • Percent Change: +9.7%
    • Actual Change: +180,845
  • Delta Air Lines
    • Total Pax: 1,851,913
    • Percent Change: +6.2%
    • Actual Change: +107,422
  • Frontier Airlines
    • Total Pax: 113,259
    • Percent Change: -30.1%
    • Actual Change: -48,775
  • Southwest Airlines
    • Total Pax: 2,851,702
    • Percent Change: -1.4%
    • Actual Change: -39,205
  • Spirit Airlines:
    • Total Pax: 450,710
    • Percent Change: +27.8%
    • Actual Change: +98,063
  • United
    • Total Pax: 1,127,247
    • Percent Change: +12.3%
    • Actual Change: 123,337
  • Allegiant Air (at LCK)
    • Total Pax: 301,915
    • Percent Change: +0.02%
    • Actual Change: +62

Airline Market Share:

  • Southwest: 33.17%
  • American: 23.89%
  • Delta: 21.54%
  • United: 13.11%
  • Spirit: 5.24%
  • Frontier: 1.32%
  • Alaska: 0.86%
  • Air Canada: 0.85%

 

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Alaska Airlines started the Seattle flights March 7th. So they racked up 74,366 passengers on 600 flights (to and from for 300 days). That's 124 passengers on each Airbus A320 or 83% of capacity. Is this good?

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4 hours ago, aderwent said:

Alaska Airlines started the Seattle flights March 7th. So they racked up 74,366 passengers on 600 flights (to and from for 300 days). That's 124 passengers on each Airbus A320 or 83% of capacity. Is this good?


Good enough for them to add a second daily seasonal flight this coming summer. 
 

Regarding the need for a new terminal, I flew in this afternoon around 5 on a southwest flight. The concourse was packed. Every gate had a plane parked at it. People couldn’t even find places to sit that were waiting for their plane to board. Down at baggage claim it was a madhouse. Four flights had just came in and the place was absolutely packed with people looking for their suitcase. 
 

I understand this is just a point in time observation and the five o’clock hour is a busy arrival time, but we seem to have pretty much reached max capacity, especially in the Southwest concourse. They need to kick the new terminal project up into high gear. 

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