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The Region with Reach

The Columbus Region is located at the center of the most densely populated area of the U.S. That makes it a premier location, providing companies with superior access to the North American consumer population, corporate headquarters locations and U.S. manufacturing capacity.

U.S. Market Access

Metro Area U.S. Population within a 10 Hour Drive Percent of U.S. Population
Pittsburgh 138,198,860 43%
Louisville 126,333,382 39%
Indianapolis 123,575,384 38%
Memphis 109,670,752 34%
Charlotte 108,540,450 34%
St. Louis 107,401,791 33%
Virginia Beach 96,930,945 30%
Atlanta 92,982,477 29%
New York 92,264,786 29%
Chicago 87,751,328 27%
Savannah 77,182,486 24%
Dallas 57,618,772 18%
Los Angeles 49,369,760 15%
Minneapolis 46,929,356 15%
Phoenix 38,100,178 12%
Denver 22,815,936 7%
Seattle 12,989,923 4%
Source: ESRI Business Analyst 2016, 600 minute (10 Hour) drivetime from city center.

Access to the Global Market

Investments in a highly-connected interstate highway system, rail connections to major seaports and air cargo routes to international hubs—all intersecting at the Rickenbacker Inland Port—give the Columbus Region a distinct edge on the efficient movement of goods.

Quick Facts

  • 10- Hour Drive To nearly half the U.S and one-third of the Canadian populations

  • 800,000 Container lifts handled annually at intermodal facilities

  • 4 Intermodal terminals

  • 140 Daily flights to 30+ destinations

Access By Road and Rail

Crossed by eight major interstate highways, the Columbus Region has easy southbound access through the Mid-Atlantic states to the Southeast. The Region’s east-west corridors traverse the country from coast to coast and into the Rockies.

Roads in Good and Fair Condition

City Percent of Roads
Nashville 78%
Indianapolis 59%
Louisville 53%
Atlanta 53%
Memphis 49%
Dallas 47%
Virginia Beach 46%
Baltimore 32%
New York - Newark 28%
Chicago 22%
Los Angeles 17%
Detroit 17%
By Rail

The new Heartland Corridor allows double-stacked freight trains to travel directly from the Port of Virginia (Norfolk International Terminals) to a state-of-the-art intermodal facility located at Rickenbacker Inland Port in the Columbus Region.

The National Gateway Corridor provides the Region additional port connections in Baltimore and Wilmington, an advantage for gaining access to the global marketplace.

By Air

Serving primarily passengers and cargo, respectively, John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) and Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) connect the Columbus Region to major domestic and international markets. Strategic initiatives and investment at both airports continue to increase connectivity and capacity as demand rises.

Passengers and Pounds of Cargo Handled

Passengers Cargo
December 588,963 21,053,367
November 628,311 21,461,571
October 648,617 19,648,406
September 616,496 17,374,610
August 616,346 16,423,543
July 678,106 16,443,981
June 689,135 16,351,911
May 652,145 15,723,645
April 581,286 14,618,641
March 631,754 15,290,825
February 496,181 12,908,693
January 497,087 14,860,326
Total 7,324,427 202,159,519
Source: Columbus Regional Airport Authority, 12 months ending December 2016

Rickenbacker Inland Port

Located 10 miles south of Columbus, Rickenbacker Inland Port is a high-speed international, multimodal logistics hub with an unparalleled location and access to customers throughout North America. Premier freight forwarders, consolidators, Customs brokers and third-party logistics providers support its tremendous base of air, road and rail transport companies.

Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)

As one of the world’s only cargo-dedicated airports, Rickenbacker International Airport offers an uncongested option to move air cargo to, from and within the United States. The airport offers over 200,000 square feet of air cargo facility space, two parallel 12,000 foot runways and Category II Instrument Landing System for all-weather landing capabilities.

Foreign Trade Zone #138

Foreign Trade Zone #138, the 10th most active FTZ in the nation, encompasses all of the Columbus Region including Rickenbacker Inland Port and is legally considered outside of Customs territory, so goods may be brought into the site duty-free and without formal customs entry.