My home airport is Port Columbus International Airport, located in Columbus, Ohio. Port Columbus is constantly overlooked by the megahubs operated out of Cincinnati and Cleveland. Nevertheless, it is still my favorite airport, and I am very proud of it, despite it's relative mediocrity.
A few things about Port Columbus and the city it serves: Port Columbus has about 300 daily departures every business day, and is served by 22 commercial airlines serving Columbus and the Greater Central Ohio Area. The population of the city of Columbus is roughly 670,000; making Columbus the largest city in Ohio, and the 15th largest in the nation. The population of the Columbus metro area is about 3 million people. Columbus is also home to many national and international corporations, such as Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Banks, Wendy's, BankOne, and Scotts. Columbus is also home to the Ohio State University. So Port Columbus' clientele ranges from the seasoned business traveler to the vacationing tourist.
The airport itself is comprised of 3 concourses: Concourse A, which has 7 gates, B which has 17 gates, and C, which has 5 gates. America West is the carrier with the most daily nonstops to the most destinations from CMH, followed closely by USAirways. By the end of July, America West will have 45 daily departures to 12 destinations. So even though America West considers CMH a hub, it is minuscule compared to most others. Another disheartening fact is that of those 45 flights, only 16 will be with aircraft larger than a Canadair Regional Jet.
But on the bright side, not having an airline with a large hub in Columbus has allotted a good amount of room for other major carriers to find a niche in Columbus. Most of Delta's flights from Port Columbus are operated with the 757. Delta is the airline most traveled on by patrons of Port Columbus. TWA will also be adding 757 service to CMH during the summer months of this year. America West and United also provide 757 service to Columbus. Along with the major carriers, CMH is also a destination for regional airlines. Midwest Express and Midway both serve Port Columbus, each with 5 daily flights to Milwaukee and Raleigh/Durham respectively.
Port Columbus has to be one of the most spotter-friendly airport there is. There are numerous spotting areas all around the airport grounds. The airport garage provides the best views, and the A and C concourses wrap around it, providing an up close view of the aircraft at the gates. There is an official spotters area off the south runway, the long-term Red and Blue lots provide good views of traffic on the south runway, the Ohio History of Flight Museum's parking lot is excellent for viewing aircraft on the north runway, and also the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant is right next to the taxiway on the south runway. One can park at the restaurants parking lot and walk to the fence where planes are literally feet from you. The area is supposed to be restricted, but I have discovered that airport personnel are very lenient to spotters.
Major development of the airport has already begun to take place. A new mall was built at the threshold to the B concourse dubbed the Gateway Plaza which features a food court, restaurant, and stores. The airport also completed a $92 million parking garage extension which features a new 6 level garage, and a new 100ft glass atrium to the entrance of the airport. Construction on a new $17 million 224ft. control tower is also set to begin later this year. A 5 gate extension to the C concourse is also planned. Once built, an entirely new terminal is planned to be built.
For the airports future, I would like to see more connections out West. Columbus needs nonstop service to cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and San Antonio. Development of a large hub by any airline at Port Columbus is highly unlikely because of the proximity of the goliath hubs in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. Even so, I anticipate further expansion by most of the major airlines currently serving the airport. The Airport Authority has also been looking into nonstop service to Europe and has been in talks with both Lufthansa and British Airways. I have heard that British Airways actually currently holds the rights to begin nonstop service from Columbus to London.
Sorry about the length of the post, I appreciate the time taken to read it by those with the patience...
. Thanks for the opportunity to share my airport to all those on the forum.