The fall of 1994 was a good time for regional airliner Comair, the company had just opened a second hub in its hometown at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Regional Airport (CVG). Dubbed "Concourse C," the building was an island in a stream of runways, accessible to passengers only via shuttle busses and the flights they arrived on. The concourse was always a center of human activity amongst the tarmac - featuring shops, eateries and over 50 gates to destinations across the continental United States.
It was a place where people reunited, strangers shared drinks between travels and employees fought the daily grind.
Comair was purchased by Delta Airlines in 2000 and both airlines plunged into bankruptcy protection by 2005. After emerging from bankruptcy in 2007, Delta began to scale back Comair flights and eventually relocated all operations to another section of the airport in 2008. Concourse C was left abandoned. In 2012, Delta completely folded Comair.
Today, Concourse C still remains out in the middle of the runways: no passengers, few visitors and closed off to the general public. It's eerily quiet state is a stark contrast to the sea of humanity that once flowed through it. On a recent exclusive tour of the facility, I was able to make this short film in addition to several photographs. Concourse C and the stories surrounding it were chronicled on my website, Queen City Discovery, here:
The Concourse: Part 1 - Island in a Steam of Runways:
The Concourse: Part 2 - Unaccompanied Minor:
Video shot with a Canon 60D and iPhone 5s.
Music: "John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie (chriszabriskie.com)