By the time you read this, Delta Airlines could be in the process of being sold to US Airways or Northwest Airlines, or just still be struggling on its own to emerge from bankruptcy.

Whatever the outcome for both Delta and Comair, it's time to get used to the fact that air travel to and from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be much different by the end of this new year, and in years to come.

But don't cry for Delta and don't be depressed by doomsayers. This is an opportunity for overdue, positive change.

The number of Delta passengers passing through CVG dropped by one-third in 2006...a stunning 30 percent loss. Flights were dropped and fares remained among the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, more and more Tristate residents drove to other airports in our 100-mile radius for business and personal air travel.

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