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As Hopkins air service transitions, opportunities arise for more travel options

Cleveland—With additional service that other airlines—such as Frontier, Spirit, Southwest and Delta—are now offering at Hopkins Airport (CLE), yesterday’s announcement by United Airlines that it will end nonstop flights between Cleveland and Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa is not unexpected.

“This decision is based upon the competitiveness of the industry,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. “But this also presents an opportunity to offer an even more diverse range of options for Hopkins travelers.

“New activity at Hopkins points to the fact Cleveland continues to be a strong market for air travel. Other carriers recognize that we have a significant demand and are exploring their options as to how to meet this demand.

Cleveland and Hopkins are well-positioned to attract additional service with an improved airport, reduced costs, more traffic-generating assets including activity in 2015 and 2016 with travel generated by the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In addition, the GCP’s Air Service Demand Task Force continues its work with the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio and other partners to help ensure convenient and affordable air service for business and leisure travelers.

Roman noted that more than 60 percent of passengers on Hopkins flights are either beginning or ending their travel in Cleveland, which is higher than most other major airports. This type of travel will continue to provide a robust source of traffic for carriers at Hopkins.

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