Cincinnati airport to reopen Concourse A in mid-May

30 April 2012 (Last Updated April 30th, 2012 18:30)

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in the US will reopen its newly upgraded 16-gate Concourse A on 15 May after the facility was closed in 2010 for renovation work.

Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport in the US will reopen its newly upgraded 16-gate Concourse A on 15 May after the facility was closed in 2010 for renovation work.

The $36.5m concourse renovation is expected to improve passengers' experience and facilitate future growth as the facility works to offset airline cuts, reports courier-journal.com citing Associated Press.

Airport chief executive Candace McGraw said recently the community needs to know that the airport is still alive and well despite the loss of hundreds of daily flights in recent years.

The airport and its airlines had signed an agreement to source capital improvements funds that were utilised to provide most of the financing required for the project.

Following the reopening of the concourse, all air services will be operated out of the same terminal.

Delta Air Lines, which moved out of Concourse A in 2010, will continue its flights out of Concourse B along with its subsidiary Comair, while other air carriers such as United Airlines, US Air, American Airlines and Air Canada will move to Concourse A.

With the reopening of the upgraded concourse, the airport officials are hoping to persuade existing low-cost carriers to expand service and attract new ones.

The renovated concourse will feature new ticketing and check-in counters, and new passenger seating areas with electrical outlets and charging ports.

Concourse A will now offer improved cell phone service, includes upgraded airport restrooms, and has volunteer ambassadors to help passengers find their way around the new concourse, according to the airport.

The upgraded concourse will also feature jet bridges through which passengers will board and disembark airplanes and an updated pedestrian tunnel to allow passengers to see images of past and present of the region taken by local photographers.

"This is a beautiful region, and people need to see it," McGraw said.

The airport is planning more improvements at the end of this year, including the food court renovation in Concourse B.