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United Airlines dropping Cleveland Hopkins hub
The airline's smallest U.S. hub was inherited from Continental in the 2010 merger
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Continental opened its Hopkins hub in 1987, replacing the United Airlines operation that moved to Washington Dulles
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United Airlines is dropping its hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as part of a $2 billion cost-cutting plan.
Chicago-based United inherited the Cleveland operation as part of its 2010 merger with Continental Airlines. It’s the smallest of the company’s eight hubs in the U.S. United CEO Jeff Smisek had pledged to maintain flight levels in Cleveland for two years after the merger, then gauge demand going forward. In a letter to employees, he said the Hopkins operation had been unprofitable for over a decade, and the company plans to slash its daily flights from about 200 to around 70 by June. The closure also eliminates 470 jobs.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has called a press conference for Monday morning to address the news. Continental Airlines opened its Hopkins hub in 1987, replacing a United hub that was moving to Washington Dulles.
United Airlines dropping Cleveland Hopkins hub

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These Airline CEO's lie about their intention to get mergers approved and for the sake of profits they do will do anything..
United made lots money last year.....!! What's the problem???
I think is a Florida hub they are looking for...


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