United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines says it will drop its money-losing flight hub in Cleveland, slashing its daily flights and eliminating 470 jobs.
The company's CEO Jeff Smisek says in a letter to employees that the Cleveland hub has not been profitable in over a decade and has lost the company tens of millions of dollars in recent years.
Beginning in April, Chicago-based United will begin phasing out Cleveland as a connection for fliers coming from other airports around the country. As a result, its daily departures from the city will fall from 199 to 72 by June.
Similar cutbacks have a affected many other small hubs in cities such as Memphis, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City amid a wave of airline mergers over the last five years.