United Airlines axes more routes from Cleveland

United Airlines’ cuts at Cleveland will be a little bigger than first announced, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports. The carrier announced in February that it would drop Cleveland as a hub, reducing its schedule there from 199 “peak day” departures to just 72 by summer. United also said it would it would slash the number of nonstop routes it flies from Cleveland to 20, down from 59. Now, United’s number of nonstop routes Cleveland will drop by two more. TODAY IN THE SKY: United Airlines axing its hub in Cleveland (Feb. 2, 2014) FULL TEXT: : United CEO’s letter on cutting the Cleveland hub (Feb. 2, 2014) THE PLAIN DEALER: List of routes United will drop at Cleveland The airline says it will drop Baltimore and Albany, N.Y., from its Cleveland route map in early June, according to the Plain Dealer. United serves those cities from Cleveland via its United Express regional partners. Regional airlines across the country have complained about pilot shortages, which was one of several reasons United cited when it first announced it would de-hub Cleveland. United cited the staffing issues at its regional affiliates again in announcing the latest Cleveland cuts. “As a result of regional-carrier pilot shortages, United will cease offering regional service from Cleveland to Albany and Baltimore effective June 5, and will end service from Cleveland to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh on April 30 as opposed to June, as originally planned,” United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson says to the newspaper. United’s pullout will leave… [Read full story]

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