Likewise, while I was drawing ICT (Wichita), their old terminal was in the process of demolition. I’d initially indicated this by showing the old terminal as faded, but I’ve now gone ahead and completely removed it:
Cincinnati was an interesting airport for me to draw, largely because I had to make some decisions about what terminals and concourses to include.
Right now, Cincinnati has one active terminal (Terminal 3) with two active concourses (A and B) and one inactive concourse (C), shown in that order on the above image starting from the upper right and going clockwise. There’s also an old terminal 2 with its own concourse, which I chose not to include on the above image.
Cincinnati used to be a large Delta hub, using all three concourses of Terminal 3 – with their regional subsidiary Comair alone taking up the entirety of Concourse C; all other airlines used the older Terminal 2. In the mid-2000s, though, Delta began substantially cutting back their flights from CVG, and by 2010, Delta was entirely operating out of Concourse B. In 2012, flights from other airlines moved into Concourse A, leaving Concourse A and B as the only active concourses in the airport.
As Terminal 2 is no longer in use, I decided not to include it in my drawing. I did, however, decide to keep Terminal 3 Concourse C – while it’s not in use now, Delta does own the lease on it until 2025, and could still move back in if they chose. This isn’t likely, but between that and Concourse C being one of the most recognizable features of CVG from the air, I decided that it was still relevant enough to include.
Atlanta is the busiest passenger airport in the world and an enormous Delta hub, but it’s largely functioned as my gateway to central Florida on AirTran – five of the eight visits were on the way to or from Orlando.
I’ve also had two unplanned trips through Atlanta, and both of them involved the origin or destination airport changing as well.
The second change was on a work trip originally booked as Dayton through Chicago-O’Hare to Charleston. This trip was in the early days of the merger of United’s and Continental’s reservation systems, which led to a good portion of my United flights being changed around. In this case, one of my flights got cancelled, and United couldn’t find me another flight to Charleston the same day on any airline serving Dayton. They could, however, book me on a Delta flight through Atlanta to Savannah, where I could then drive the remaining two hours up the coast.
Back in high school, I’d flown out on my uncle’s frequent flier miles to visit Stanford (before ultimately deciding to stay in the Midwest and attend Rose-Hulman instead). This trip was intended to be DAY-CVG-SFO-CVG-DAY, invoking the nearly unnecessary Comair-operated DAY-CVG segment (at 64 miles apart, it’s usually faster to just drive to CVG than take the layover). However, while I was out in the Bay Area, Comair pilots went on strike, and my returning CVG-DAY segment was cancelled. My rescheduled return flight ended up being SJC-ATL-DAY instead (so I only got one visit to SFO on that trip), but Delta bumped me up to first for the trouble. [As I was not yet 18, this trip is not included in the Flight Log.]
That wasn’t the only trip where I arrived in and departed from different Bay Area airports; my 2009 San José and Dallas trip had me flying into SJC and out of SFO.
I live in Beavercreek, Ohio – a suburb of Dayton. So while my logical airport is Dayton, I can get to Cincinnati or Columbus’s airports in a bit over 75 minutes each (or even Indianapolis in two hours), and it’s often worth doing so for a better price or better flight.
For whatever reason, Cincinnati does seem to be the airport that I take the majority of my trips to the Bay Area from, and my first two recorded trips were to visit Stanford when I was looking at colleges in high school, and to visit family on the winter break of my freshman year of college.
It took almost seven years before I flew through CVG again, this time for a wedding in Georgia. CVG has been a hub for Delta in the past, and they’re still the largest presence there; at the time of my Georgia trip, then, they operated out of Terminal 3, while every other airline operated out of the crowded, old, and generally unpleasant Terminal 2. That terminal became my experience with CVG for a while, as I rarely fly Delta.
With Delta’s shrinking operations at CVG, all airlines are now operated out of the much nicer (and more recently updated) Terminal 3; while I haven’t had a flight there since 2012, I’m now looking forward to flying out of there again on any airline.