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United Airlines to drop Cleveland as a hub in cost-cutting

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    This was all but inevitable once the Continental & United merger went through.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    United is taking its talents to South Beach?
  3. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    I blame LeBron James and Bernie Kosar. Cleveland gets shafted over everything. The NHL even went to Columbus instead.
  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    United is probably moving all its Cleveland talent to Baltimore.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    But the Cleveland airport will keep its name.
  6. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Won't miss it.
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Don't forget the NHL went to Cleveland first. And flopped.

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  8. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    As I recall when I lived in Cleveland, it was a very minor Continental hub to begin with.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    The only flight to Europe was a seasonal flight to London. And, as time went on, it got a lot more regional jets.

    CO even sent a lot of its trancon connections through Houston.

    It was never a big enough O&D market to justify a hub. CO took it over after UA originally abandoned it. It was never profitable, and once Southwest ramped up there (and AirTran started running flights out of Canton/Akron) it only got worse.

    Chicago has the O&D traffic and the geography to warrant a hub, and they don't need it and Cleveland.
  10. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Played golf the other day with an American Airlines scheduler. Per him, there are about 50 AA schedulers and about 50 US Airways schedulers, and the new combined airline will need only about 85. He finds out this week whether or not he keeps his job.
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Are they all going to work out of Dallas?

    If yes, you've got to figure that even some of the US Airways folks who are offered a job won't want to/be able to make the move.

    A number of people I know from Continental moved up here when they merged with United, but a lot more couldn't for family reasons.
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    That's a pretty good severance package for the ones who aren't selected or can't make the move, right?
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