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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 141,561,962 43%
Indianapolis 129,500,979 40%
Louisville 129,119,352 39%
Memphis 112,938,317 34%
St. Louis 112,665,274 34%
Charlotte 112,226,095 34%
Virginia Beach 99,284,210 30%
New York 94,667,626 29%
Atlanta 94,459,995 29%
Chicago 90,787,463 28%
Savannah 79,432,961 24%
Dallas 60,614,035 19%
Los Angeles 50,400,932 15%
Minneapolis 48,312,916 15%
Phoenix 39,509,466 12%
Denver 25,694,009 8%
Seattle 13,515,066 4%
Source: ESRI Business Analyst 2017, 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 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
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 613,794 24,197,224
November 651,507 27,050,809
October 672,152 26,078,505
September 604,071 23,841,595
August 642,709 23,342,876
July 693,388 22,490,401
June 698,219 19,135,613
May 674,226 20,601,101
April 629,700 17,511,065
March 670,747 18,540,632
February 502,155 15,220,934
January 521,382 17,949,093
Total 7,574,050 255,959,848
Source: Columbus Regional Airport Authority, 12 months ending December 2017

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.