By 1812Blockhouse

Richland County residents know how to take a vacation, and in the middle of a warm Ohio summer, many have taken to the road, sky, and rails to experience other parts of the country.

For many of those voyagers, the proximity to a major international airport just down I71 provides many agreeable options. Those choices are increasing this year as John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) expands its offerings with new nonstop routes. Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines lead the charge, adding vital connections for both business and leisure travelers. With these new routes, Columbus is poised to offer more nonstop destinations than ever before.

Expanded Nonstop Destinations

Columbus passengers now have additional nonstop flight destinations, thanks to Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines. The expansion began with the much-anticipated flight to Salt Lake City, a key destination for both business and leisure. “Columbus passengers have access to more nonstop destinations than ever before, and that expands with Delta’s launch of flights to Salt Lake City,” said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. He emphasized the ongoing collaboration with airlines to meet passenger demand and the upcoming new terminal plans to enhance travel experiences.

All New Routes for Summer 2024

This summer promises to be the busiest ever for John Glenn International and Rickenbacker International Airport, with over 3 million seats scheduled. Here’s a look at the new routes opening just in time for summer travel:

  • May 8: Spirit to Myrtle Beach (MYR), four times a week through July 8
  • May 8: Spirit to New York-La Guardia (LGA), daily
  • May 22: Frontier to Philadelphia (PHL), three times a week
  • May 22: Frontier to New Orleans (MSY), three times a week
  • June 5: Spirit to Boston (BOS), daily
  • June 5: Spirit to Newark (EWR), daily
  • June 8: Delta to Salt Lake City (SLC), daily
  • June 8: Southwest to San Diego (SAN), on Saturdays
  • June 9: Southwest to Kansas City (MCI), on Sundays
  • July 10: Spirit to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), four times a week

Salt Lake City: A Major Addition

The Salt Lake City flight marks a significant milestone for CMH, connecting Columbus travelers to a destination previously unserved by nonstop flights. This daily service offers Columbus travelers access to Salt Lake City’s vibrant city life and scenic winter sports. This new route not only meets the demand for direct access but also enhances opportunities for business and leisure travel.

Record Number of Nonstop Flights

With the addition of these new routes, the total number of nonstop flights from Columbus regional airports reaches an unprecedented 53. This expansion underscores the airport’s commitment to providing comprehensive travel options and meeting the growing demands of Central Ohio travelers.

Looking Ahead: A Bright Future for Columbus Airports

As Columbus Regional Airport Authority plans for a new terminal, the focus remains on enhancing the travel experience. “As we plan for our new terminal, we continue to work with the airlines to help our passengers fly to their desired destinations,” stated Nardone. This forward-thinking approach ensures that Colu

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