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Lower air fares are here


The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been known nationwide for it’s record-high fares.

But that may be changing.

The Kentucky Enquirer

reported this week that preliminary passenger counts show the number of local residents using the airport picked up slightly in the month since Delta cut fares Feb. 6.

The newspaper said from January to February, average daily local passengers climbed 9 percent to 4,723, even though February is traditionally a slow flying month.

Separately, an Enquirer analysis found that fares from the airport to the five most popular destinations have dropped significantly from previous levels to make them more competitive with fares at the region’s other airports.

Moira Alter told the newspaper that for seven years, she has flown at least twice a year to see her sister in Denver.She’s always used airports in Dayton or Indianapolis — never Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport, because the fares were too high.

That changed last week, when the 26-year-old Cincinnati resident finally flew out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky on a Delta Air Lines ticket that made the change worthwhile. Her round trip cost $275, compared to $450-$700 before the fares were cut.

“It saves me 50 to 100 miles worth of driving,” Alter said.

Since Feb. 6, some Delta fares have been cut by half, the Enquirer analysis found. For example, a 21-day advance round-trip ticket to Boston went from $409 in late January to $192 in March.

Experts point out that fare prices are constantly changing, and higher-demand travel periods such as summer and holidays will be more expensive.

At the same time, ticket prices are hitting historic lows everywhere as the airline industry deals with the economic downturn and depressed travel demand.

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