United Airlines will reduce its hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport from April , ending nonstop service to 39 cities in late June.
"The demand for level flight hub through Cleveland just is not there ," said Jeff Smisek , chairman , president and CEO of Star Alliance company based in Chicago, in a letter to employees 1 February . "Ultimately , you can not create demand, but we do have a responsibility to react to it. We must make the right business decisions, even when those decisions are painful, so that we can continue to compete effectively and properly invest in our business . "
United have lost money in Cleveland over the last decade and the new Federal Aviation Administration U.S. (FAA ) and other pilot training regulations have accelerated the need to make cuts , he adds.
The airline service to 72 days will decrease peak departures from Cleveland in three waves during April, May and June, according to the letter . Opera 199 days peak output current.
The measure represents a 64% reduction in output and a reduction of 36% in available seat miles (ASM ). United Express operations will be most affected by the cuts. Regional outputs decrease by 70 %, according to the airline.
United will continue to fly from Cleveland to its hubs in Chicago O'Hare, Denver , Houston Intercontinental , Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles . Also keep serving Albany , Baltimore , Boston , Dallas / Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers , Las Vegas , Milwaukee , New York LaGuardia , Orlando, St. Louis , Tampa and Washington National.
"Even with the reductions, we will provide more than 20 % more departures from Cleveland to us from our largest city that is not designated a hub side , and we will keep as part of our long haul " says Smisek. States will likely have to increase capacity at its other centers in order to maintain its guidance of a 1% to 2% increase in ASM in 2014. Nearest centers that could serve similar connection flows include Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles and Newark Liberty.
The carrier plans to keep its pilot and flight attendant base in Cleveland, but anticipates cutting about 430 jobs at the airport operations. States inherited downtown Cleveland Continental Airlines when the two companies merged in 2010.