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CVG winter operations team prepares for 2017-2018 season; annual operations exercise this week

Folks across the Tri-State region may not be thinking about snow quite yet, but at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) the winter operations team has been training and planning since August.

Thursday, the team will conduct its annual winter operations exercise, when it will practice sweeping an entire runway in under 20 minutes.

This drill is an important yearly occurrence, as it is a vital step in ensuring passengers’ safety throughout the winter season. The CVG winter operations team consists of more than 100 employees who are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in anticipation of a snow or weather event. These individuals are specially trained to operate more than 50 different pieces of snow-removal equipment.

“Passenger safety and convenience is our top priority,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. “With four runways, we strive to keep our airport running safely and on time in the event of a snow emergency.”

During a typical winter season, CVG will experience 24 inches of snow fall on 27 different days. Sweeping one runway is equivalent to clearing 12 interstate lanes for approximately 2 miles.


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