Last week United sadly announced that they were de-hubbing Cleveland (CLE) and yesterday they detailed their exit strategy by month:

  • April – Hartford, Conn.; Burlington, Vt.; Manchester, N.H.; Madison, Wis.; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; Providence; Raleigh/Durham; and Montreal
  • May – Nashville, Charlotte, Minneapolis and Louisville
  • June – Atlanta; Austin; Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Franklin, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbus; Dayton; Flint and Grand Rapids, Mich.; Greenville/Spartanburg, N.C.; Indianapolis; Buffalo, Jamestown, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Parkersburg, W.Va.; Phoenix; Richmond, Va.; and Toronto.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer adds the following:

However, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Jamestown and Parkersburg are “essential air service” destinations, towns where flights are subsidized by the Department of Transportation as part of a federal program to serve rural communities across the country that otherwise wouldn’t have scheduled air service. That means that United’s decision to quit those flights needs a DOT signoff. Hopkins spokeswoman Jackie Mayo said the airport is evaluating the impact of the flight reductions on all airport projects, including plans to spend about $57 million to buy Airport Fast Park and Park Place, two lots on Snow Road that are served with shuttle buses to the terminal about a mile away. “Given the recent nature of the announcement and the complexity of many of our projects and initiatives, no determination has been made as to a change in direction relevant to our projects at this point,” Mayo said in an email. Except for the flight to Phoenix, the non-stops that United is cutting were flown by regional jets and turboprops, mostly 50-seaters that are uneconomical to operate. United last week also cited a shortage of pilots for regional airlines as one reason for its Cleveland downsizing. Average daily departures on United regional planes at Hopkins will decline from 174 to 47.


Vintage CLE UA

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Mr. Cool February 11, 2014 - 8:11 pm

thas some bowshea… the last 4 int’l award flights i took were ALL routed through Toronto & always on UA, never on AC, even though the over-water flights were all AC


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