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I generally don’t pay a ton of attention to which flights are offered from which airports, since generally speaking, it’s not something that affects me. But as a native Clevelander, I was interested in the recent news about 2 carriers (United and Frontier) pulling non-stop flights out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).
Frontier announced this week that they were ending non-stop service to
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- New York LaGuardia (LGA)
- Trenton-Mercer (TTN)
United followed that up by announcing that they were ending THEIR service from Cleveland to
- Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW)
- Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
- Tampa, Florida (TPA)
Not a huge surprise, especially from United. CLE was a hub for the old Continental Airlines, and when they merged with United back in 2010, many thought it was only a matter of time (despite, of course, what United’s leadership said at the time). United announced back in February of this year that they were de-hubbing Cleveland, and this announcement is only the logical conclusion.
While this decision doesn’t personally affect me much, since I no longer live in Cleveland, my home airport (Cincinnati / CVG) has gone through its own “de-hubbing” after the merger between Delta and Northwest, so my heart goes out to my northern Ohio brothers…
(Side note: I wrote this post a few days ago but didn’t publish it till now – for further coverage of this, see The Forward Cabin)