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GCP, city and Hopkins focus on boosting nonstop service on priority business routes

As air service out of Hopkins Airport (CLE) continues to evolve, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the City of Cleveland and airport officials remain focused on how to restore nonstop service to seven priority business routes.

Priority destinations cities no longer served nonstop by United are Austin, Kansas City, New Orleans, Providence, R.I., San Antonio. San Diego and West Palm Beach. Efforts also include working to increase the frequency of nonstops to St. Louis, which is currently served by two nonstop flights from CLE.

"The partnership between the city and the business community around Hopkins airport remains strong,” says Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) President and CEO Joe Roman. “As the airline industry continues to evolve and adjust to market conditions, it’s anticipated that other carriers will add new service or increased frequencies to cities that are under-served.

“The work of our Air Service Demand Task Force with the city and Hopkins includes not only identifying those cities but also airlines with capacity to boost or add nonstop service from CLE. We’ll also continue to work with the city to make improvements at the airport that we think are critical,” says Roman. “In the past year, we've made significant progress, and the foundation is in place to continue building on that.

“The market we always thought would be strong, even in light of a de-hubbing, has proven to be the case,” he said.

US Air/American Airlines, Delta and Air Canada are providing five daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Toronto—three markets impacted by the hub’s closing—while other airlines continue to explore doing business in Cleveland.

What are your priority business destinations?

Let us hear from you! Tell us about your business-travel priority destinations. Please email us at vip@gcpartnership.com about which routes would help your company with added or replaced nonstop service.

Even more options for CLE travelers...

During 2014, airlines such as Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and Delta announced additional nonstop service at CLE. And, by year-end, JetBlue became a CLE carrier, announcing the launch of two daily nonstop CLE-Boston flights beginning in April 2015.

In addition, American Airlines announced in December that it will re-start nonstop service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport from CLE on March 29, 2015.