British Airways has officially arrived at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) with the airline’s inaugural flight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) touching down just after 7:30 p.m. local time on June 5, 2023.
The Ohio city becomes the 27th American destination served by British Airways and further advances the United Kingdom flag carrier’s position as the largest overseas airline in the United States.
The inaugural flight received a warm welcome as it taxied to stand. British-themed refreshments were served by the departure gate and departing customers were entertained by musicians and performers.
The central Cincinnati metropolitan area – straddling the Ohio River – is spread across southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and extends into portions of southeastern Indiana.
This unique positioning introduces British Airways’ superior service to a new region of the United States, home to more than 11 million people within a 120-mile radius of Cincinnati’s airport.
“When we look at the Cincinnati region we see a vibrant part of the U.S. with a great mix of business and leisure travellers who have long asked for more international service and global connectivity, which is what made it so attractive to us and why we’re confident this new route will be a success,” said Neil Chernoff, British Airways Director of Networks and Alliances.
“Our incredibly positive and welcoming conversations with the airport team, the business development community and tourism partners – combined with all the region has to offer visitors from outside the U.S. – were a clear sign that Cincinnati was the right place to expand our flying in America.”
Cincinnati-based customers are now just a convenient non-stop flight away from the U.K.’s capital city and all the iconic landmarks.
Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, CVG Airport, said: “We are thrilled this day has come when CVG has non-stop service to and from London Heathrow. This flight offers tremendous growth opportunities for business travel, economic development, and tourism between the UK and our region.
“We are grateful to our partners in Ohio and Kentucky who have supported this flight that will benefit travellers for years to come.
“I offer a personal thanks to our new friends at British Airways for this opportunity.”