John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Entryway into John Glenn Airport
|Owner/Operator||Columbus Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||815 ft / 248 m|
John Glenn Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH, ICAO: KCMH, FAA LID: CMH), is an international airport located 6 miles (9.7 km) east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Formerly known as Port Columbus International Airport, it is managed by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which also oversees operations at Rickenbacker International Airport and Bolton Field. The airport code 'CMH' stands for "Columbus Municipal Hangar," the original name for the airport.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport is primarily a passenger airport. It provides 140 non-stop flights to 34 airports via 7 airlines daily. In 2016, traffic reached 7.3 million, which was an 8% increase over 2015. Traffic in 2017 reached 7.6 million passengers, approaching the record set in 2007.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport is the largest passenger airport in central Ohio and second busiest in the state after Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and offers service to most major airline hubs. Cincinnati's international airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, is located just south of the city in Kentucky.
Accessing John Glenn Columbus International Airport by road is possible by two interstate highways: I-270 to the northeast and I-670 to the west. The main airport roadway, International Gateway, connects directly to I-670.
On May 25, 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill to rename the airport from Port Columbus International Airport to its current name, in honor of astronaut and four-term U.S. senator John Glenn. The name change was unanimously approved by the airport's nine-member board on May 24, 2016. Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on June 14, 2016 with the name change becoming official 90 days later. On June 28, 2016, a celebration of the renaming was held and new signage bearing the airport's new name was unveiled.
In 2017, after completion of the $80 million terminal renovation, the airport was named by trade organization Airports Council International as the most improved airport in North America in 2016.
The airport opened July 8, 1929, on a site selected by Charles Lindbergh, as the eastern air terminus of the Transcontinental Air Transport air-rail New York to Los Angeles transcontinental route. Passengers traveled overnight on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Airway Limited from New York to Columbus; by air from Columbus to Waynoka, Oklahoma; by rail again on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe from Waynoka to Clovis, New Mexico; and by air from Clovis to Los Angeles. The original terminal building and hangars remain; the hangars are still in use, but the old terminal sits derelict.
During World War II, most of the facility was taken over by the U.S. Navy, which established Naval Air Station Columbus in 1942. NAS Columbus was closed and the facility relinquished back to civilian authorities in 1946. Also, during the war, the government established a government-owned aviation factory on the grounds of the airport known as Air Force Factory 85, eventually operated by North American Aviation. The plant produced the F-100 Super Saber, RF-6 Vigilante, T-2 Buckeye, T-28 Trojan, OV-10 Bronco and T-39 Sabreliner.
The diagram on the February 1951 Coast & Geodetic Survey instrument-approach chart shows runways 006/186 3550 ft long, 052/232 4400 ft, 096/276 4500 ft, and 127/307 5030 ft.
A $12 million terminal building opened on September 21, 1958. Jet airline flights (American 707s) started in April 1964.
The first major airline to fly into Port Columbus was TWA, and it kept a presence at Columbus over seventy years during the era of airline regulation. TWA offered a club for exclusive passengers up until 2000 when America West took over a gate held by TWA and the club itself due to financial problems.
Port Columbus International Airport was formerly a hub of America West Airlines in the 1990s, but the company closed the hub in 2003 due to financial losses and the post 9/11-decline in air travel.
The airport was the home base of short-lived Skybus Airlines, which began operations from Port Columbus on May 22, 2007. The airline touted themselves as the cheapest airline in the United States, offering a minimum of ten seats for $10 each on every flight. Skybus ceased operations April 4, 2008.
A $70 million renovation of airport facilities, designed by Brubaker, Brandt Inc., was initiated in 1979 for the airport's 50th anniversary and completed in 1981. This upgraded the airport's capacity to 250 flights per day by adding what is known today as Concourse B and added fully enclosed jetways at every gate. Ten years later in 1989, a second, $15.5 million, seven-gate south concourse (now Concourse A) was dedicated. The concourse was used exclusively by US Airways at the time, and later housed hubs for both America West Airlines until 2003, and Skybus Airlines until they shut it down in 2008 due to their bankruptcy. A north concourse was completed in 1996, which is now Concourse C, and was expanded in 2002.
Between 1998 and 2000, numerous airport expansion and renovation projects were completed, including a $25 million terminal renovation in 1998 that included additional retail shops, new flight information displays, enhanced lighting, upgraded flooring, and a new food court. Also, new hangars and office spaces were completed for NetJets in 1999, as well as a $92 million parking garage including an underground terminal entrance, new rental car facilities, dedicated ground transportation area, improved eight-lane terminal access on two levels, and a new atrium and entrances in 2000, which were designed by URS Corporation.
On April 25, 2004, a new 195-foot (59 m) control tower directed its first aircraft. This began several major facility enhancements to be constructed through 2025. On October 21, 2010, a new arrivals/departures board replaced the old one in the main entrance area
Port Columbus began its Terminal Modernization Program in late 2012, which included new terrazzo flooring throughout the airport, new ceilings, new restrooms, more TSA security lanes, and new LED lighting. Construction started on Concourse A in late 2012 and was completed throughout the terminal in early 2016.
In 2013, the airport completed a $140 million runway improvement that moved the south runway farther from the north runway. This created a buffer distance that enables simultaneous takeoffs and landings on the north and south runways, increasing air traffic volume. Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman commented, "As the city grows, the airport needs to grow with it."
The airport has its own police and fire departments (ARFF-C).
The original 1929 layout for the airport covered 524 acres (212 ha), with two runways 2,500 and 3,500 feet (760 and 1,070 m) long. In 1952 the current south runway was lengthened to 8,000 feet (2,400 m), making it the longest runway in the midwest at the time. The north runway was extended to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in 1997 and the south runway has since been extended to 10,113 feet (3,082 m). John Glenn Columbus International Airport covers 2,265 acres (917 ha) and has two runways:
Runway 10L/28R is just north of the 40th parallel north.
An expansion in 20082009 moved the primary access road to the main terminal, over which a new aircraft bridge was built. The Port Columbus Airport Crossover Taxiway Bridge was intended to ease congestion of aircraft traffic and allow aircraft to move from the main terminal to outer runways.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 129,377 aircraft operations, an average of 354 per day: 22% air taxi, 15% general aviation, 62% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. There are 78 aircraft based at this airport: 23 single engine, 5 multi-engine, 48 jet aircraft, and 2 helicopters.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport has 3 airport concourses. In addition to the airlines below, Columbus is also served by Allegiant Air, which operates from Rickenbacker International Airport.
Concourse B (gates B19 B36) is the original section of the current CMH terminal built in 1958 and is home to Air Canada (B30), American (B19-26, 28), Spirit (B35-36), and United (B29-32, 34). Gates B15 through B18 and B33 are no longer accessible due to concession and restroom construction; gate B33 has had its jet bridge removed.
Concourse C (gates C46 C56), opened in 1995 for Delta and Southwest and extended in 2002, is home to Delta (C49-56) and Frontier (C47). Vacation Express charters also depart from Concourse C, typically using Gate C46, which is also used for international arrivals and connects directly to customs and immigration. Currently, the only international arrivals are the seasonal flights from Cancún and Punta Cana, as well as the daily flights to TorontoPearson.
|Air Canada Express||TorontoPearson|||
|Alaska Airlines||Seattle/Tacoma (begins March 7, 2019)|||
|American Airlines|| Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor|
Seasonal: ChicagoO'Hare, New YorkLaGuardia (begins May 6, 2019)
|American Eagle||Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Miami, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia, Philadelphia, WashingtonNational|||
|Delta Air Lines|| Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St Paul, Salt Lake City (begins June 17, 2019) |
|Delta Connection|| Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham|
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando
|Frontier Airlines|| Denver, Orlando|
Seasonal: Austin, Raleigh/Durham (begins April 30, 2019), San Antonio, West Palm Beach
|Southwest Airlines|| Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, ChicagoMidway, DallasLove, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, HoustonHobby, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, PhoenixSky Harbor, St. Louis, Tampa, WashingtonNational|
Seasonal: Cancún, Oakland
|Spirit Airlines|| Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Orlando|
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Tampa
|United Airlines|| ChicagoO'Hare, San Francisco (begins June 7, 2019)|
|United Express||ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, Newark, WashingtonDulles|||
|Vacation Express||Seasonal charter: Cancún, Punta Cana|||
No regular, scheduled air cargo operations take place at CMH. Columbus' extensive dedicated domestic and international cargo operations take place at nearby Rickenbacker International Airport.
|1||Atlanta, Georgia||464,080||Delta, Southwest|
|2||ChicagoO'Hare, Illinois||308,190||American, United|
|3||Orlando, Florida||215,200||Delta, Frontier, Southwest|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||169,630||American|
|6||Denver, Colorado||164,880||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|7||Charlotte, North Carolina||163,110||American|
|8||New YorkLaGuardia, New York||151,870||American, Delta|
|9||WashingtonNational, D.C.||144,670||American, Southwest|
|10||Las Vegas, Nevada||142,100||Frontier, Southwest|
|Rank||Carrier||Share||Number of Destinations||Number of Passengers Served|
|7||Air Canada Express||0.9%||1||50,544|
The airport is accessible directly by taking exit number nine on Interstate 670 to International Gateway. Alternatively, drivers can also get to the airport from the east via Hamilton Road, just south of Interstate 270, and enter at Sawyer Road or from the west via Stelzer Road.
In addition to housing the rental car facilities, a six-story parking garage (which is attached to the terminal) provides long-term and short-term parking. Lower cost satellite parking options, with continuous free shuttle service, can be found in the Blue, Red and Green parking lots along International Gateway. The Blue lot is the closest to the terminal and also offers some covered parking. The cost of parking a car in the blue lot is $9 per 24 hours. The Red Lot costs $7 per 24 hours and the green lost costs $5 per 24 hours to park.The Green lot is the furthest away from the terminal. Additionally, there is a free cell phone lot accessed from the outbound side of International Gateway.
Beginning in May 2016, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) began expanded bus service between John Glenn Columbus International Airport and downtown Columbus. The service, named AirConnect, stops at the airport's arrival and departure levels every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, before heading downtown. Once downtown, stops are made at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and many of the downtown hotels. Tickets are available for purchase at a kiosk in the airport with credit cards (only) and on board the bus with cash (only).
Other routes available from COTA include Line 7-Mt. Vernon, which travels between the airport and downtown via East Columbus between approximately 5am to 10pm. Line 23-James/Stelzer connects to Easton and Eastland Malls and serves the airport via remote stops on Stelzer Road. Finally, the OSU-Air line serves the Ohio State University campus at the beginning and end of Autumn and Spring semesters.