In a letter sent to employees of the company, United Airlines’ CEO Jeff Smisek made the announcement that the airline would drop Cleveland as a flight hub, going from 199 flights per day to 72 by June.
The city is losing money, but has been used to connect people to the flights they want to take. This cut will reduce the number of flights to which local people have access, and will get rid of 470 jobs.
The loss is no surprise to the state, ever since the merge between Continental and United airlines. Other cities have lost their hub status as a result of merges, such as Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, and Memphis.
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