Journal-News / Ed Richter / February 2, 2021
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Miami University are finalizing an agreement for CVG to operate the facility that Miami will continue to own.
Jessica Rivinius, Miami University’s director of news and media relations, said the agreement includes Miami continuing to own the single-runway airport and the 300 acres on which it is located off of Fairfield Road, about two miles west of downtown Oxford. She said CVG will manage and operate the facility, which will remain a general aviation airport.
“CVG will bring its business ‘know-how’ to manage airport operations day to day,” she said.
Rivinius said CVG’s Board of Directors recently approved the lese agreement, and Miami’s Board of Trustees gave its approval last November. She said the deal is for five years, renewable for five additional five-year terms.
The agreement is pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, and Rivinius did not have a timeline for when that approval will be made.
She said commercial service is not planned for the facility, which has three buildings nearby, including hangars. It was built in the 1940s when flight was becoming more common and as other Ohio universities were doing the same.
Seth Cutter, CVG director of communications, said airport officials started to develop an innovation team two years ago to work with educational institutions to develop further ties. He said about 18 months ago, CVG reached out to Miami to discuss its under-utilized airport and develop a partnership.
“This venture would enable CVG to manage a general aviation airport, something that CVG has not done before,” Cutter said. “This will be a good learning opportunity to go into that.”
Cutter also said they are also looking at partnerships with others in the region.
“This will be a learning experience,” he said.
He said CVG’s vision also includes the airport being used as a testing site for autonomous vehicles, drones and other new technology.
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