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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 142,017,714 43%
Indianapolis 130,074,722 39%
Louisville 129,744,554 39%
Memphis 113,958,876 35%
St. Louis 113,216,162 34%
Charlotte 110,748,509 34%
Virginia Beach 99,164,960 30%
Atlanta 95,087,367 29%
New York 93,886,985 28%
Chicago 90,046,734 27%
Savannah 80,907,200 25%
Dallas 60,586,826 18%
Los Angeles 50,678,241 15%
Minneapolis 48,271,851 15%
Phoenix 39,804,017 12%
Denver 25,725,444 8%
Seattle 13,496,774 4%
Source: ESRI Business Analyst 2018, one day (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 North American International Freight Center—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

  • 160 Daily flights to 40+ 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
Atlanta 80%
Nashville 65%
Indianapolis 57%
Dallas 48%
Louisville 48%
Memphis 43%
Baltimore 41%
Virginia Beach 39%
Chicago 36%
New York - Newark 31%
Detroit 23%
Los Angeles 21%
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 the North American International Freight Center 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 663,154 29,414,302
November 705,062 31,016,423
October 726,677 30,251,541
September 644,433 25,665,386
August 698,267 25,935,645
July 742,770 24,999,024
June 747,397 24,046,449
May 714,230 24,750,728
April 665,440 22,739,370
March 726,363 21,501,434
February 540,330 20,211,336
January 527,576 20,434,922
Total 8,101,699 300,966,560
Source: Columbus Regional Airport Authority, 12 months ending December 2018.

North American International Freight Center

Located 10 miles south of Columbus, the North American International Freight Center 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 and is legally considered outside of Customs territory, so goods may be brought into the site duty-free and without formal customs entry.