Although United Airlines is eliminating nonstop service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and St. Louis in May as part of a system-wide realignment, the route will be picked up in June by Southwest Airlines.
This change, as well as United’s decision to cut its nonstop route from CLE to Las Vegas, reflects the reality of the marketplace, says GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, which can be a positive for Hopkins travelers.
“CLE’s high origination and destination passenger continue to be strong, which has attracted low and ultra-low cost carriers, increasing competition and driving down fares benefiting travelers, “said Roman.
“As the airline industry continues to evolve and adjust to changing market conditions, it’s anticipated that other carriers will continue to add new service or increased frequencies to cities that are underserved.
“United’s system-wide realignment decision to reduce and replace regional flying impacts the CLE-STL route, but we’re fortunate to have Southwest Airlines picking up the route with larger equipment. “
In addition, passengers flying to Las Vegas can choose from three nonstop options. Southwest, Frontier and Spirit are providing service.
Air service at Hopkins remains a GCP priority. The organization’s Air Service Demand Task will continue its efforts to add more destinations and frequency to support the needs of the business community.