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Akron-Canton Airport officials are unsure of the ripple effects of Cleveland hub closure
Officials say local business expansions keep them optimistic about region
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Akron-Canton has been one of the fastest growing airports in the country largely because of its emphasis on local/regional travel. Cleveland Hopkins may increasingly be turning to that as well.
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Akron-Canton Airport officials say they cannot be sure how United Airline’s decision to eliminate hub service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will affect their airport.

Spokeswoman Kristie VanAuken says the decision to close the hub is disappointing, especially with regional business growth.

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“We’ve got the Center for Global Healthcare Innovation Convention Center, the 2014 Gay Games are coming to our community and the expanded Pro Football Hall of Fame," VanAuken says. "There’s been billions in business expansion. Despite the decision that United made, we feel very confident and optimistic that air service will recover. It will bounce back here in Northeast Ohio.”

Southwest Airlines flies out of both airports, raising questions as to whether Hopkins may try take on more Southwest flights to make up for those lost with United.

VanAuken says the airline is Akron-Canton’s number one priority for 2014. She says there is plenty of opportunity to go around.

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