Aviation & Aerospace

As the home of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Northern Kentucky offers aviation and aerospace companies access to four active runways, proximity to DHL’s North American hub and GE Aviation’s global headquarters, manufacturing expertise through companies like Safran Landing Systems, and a robust supply chain of chemical, plastics, composites and metal manufacturing.


  • CVG Airport: The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is the eighth largest cargo airport in North America and the 34th largest in the world.
  • Industry cluster: Greater Cincinnati is the second most competitive location in North America for aviation & aerospace. (Source: Site Selection Magazine, 2015)
  • SOAR: The Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region (SOAR) is a 27 county region in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana that is one of 12 federally-designated manufacturing communities by the US Department of Commerce. This designation gives preferential status on a number of federal grants, a point of contact within the federal government to navigate grant opportunities, and the ability to brand the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton region as a center of US Aerospace Manufacturing.


Northern Kentucky’s total labor shed is over 1 million adults, with 15,000 people currently employed in aviation and aerospace. The talent pipeline features more than 6,000 engineering graduates per year within 100-miles and rapidly growing manufacturing technician programs at Gateway Community & Technical college.

Major Companies – See them on a map

Manufacturing MRO
Celanese GE On Wing Support
Ellison Surface Technologies Aircraft Service International
Fives Machining Systems Commercial
Meggitt Polymers & Composites Allegiant
Meyer Tool Delta Airlines
Safran Landing Systems Delta Private Jets
Freight/Distribution Frontier
DHL North American Hub OneJet
GE Aviation Southwest (June 2017)
Southern Air United