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Akron-Canton Airport CEO Retires After 36 Years

Dec 31, 2018
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After a decade at the helm of Akron-Canton Airport, its outgoing CEO has seen his share of ups and downs. But Rick McQueen is leaving the regional airport well-positioned for the future.

McQueen started at the airport in 1982, when it averaged 150,000 passengers per year. Traffic peaked in 2012 at 1.8 million. But due to airline consolidation and competition from Cleveland, it now averages around one million passengers per year.

McQueen says that’s just part of the business.

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This week Akron-Canton Airport’s long-time CEO introduced the person who will succeed him when he retires. Rick McQueen and Ren Camacho sat down together and talked about what northeast Ohio's second largest full-service airport has been, and what it can become.

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Officials say the new customs procedures taking effect today at Cleveland Hopkins Airport are more efficient. But some flyers want additional changes.

Previously, after answering customs and immigration questions about their checked luggage, international passengers arriving at Hopkins had to place their bags back onto a conveyor belt that leads to baggage claim. Until yesterday, passengers would then board a shuttle to baggage claim to retrieve their luggage.

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Ultra-low cost airline Allegiant Air is leaving Akron-Canton Airport and relocating to Cleveland Hopkins International. Akron-Canton officials say the move will not be a major blow to their airport. 

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The 32nd annual conference of the Airport Minority Advisory Council is in Cleveland this week, encouraging airport officials from around the country to seek diversity in their staffing and partnerships.

The airport council chose Cleveland for this year’s meeting due to the city’s economic opportunity and increasing number of start-ups. Council CEO Krystal Brumfield says she hopes that participants leave with a renewed focus on what’s available in the airport industry.

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Planes flying in and out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will soon get more directions from satellites than ground-based radar systems.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the new system will allow straighter flight paths, which will save fuel and reduce flight times.

As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, it’s part of a modernization effort that is already operating in Washington D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

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Concourse “D” at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has sat empty since May of 2014 when United Airlines shut-down its hub. Since then, predictions that the de-hubbing would deal a devastating blow to the region have not come true. In part two of our series, Grounded, WKSU's Kevin Niedermier takes a look at the positive and negative changes that have materialized. 

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In 2014 United Airlines said it was shutting down its hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  This came after the U.S. Airways hub closing in Pittsburgh and Delta drastically scaling back operations at its Cincinnati hub. In the first part of our series "Grounded," WKSU’s Tim Rudell looks at what dehubbing is and what the downgrade means to northeast Ohio.

Dehubbing is the back-side of hub-and-spoke, a business model widely adopted by major air carriers following federal deregulation of the airline industry in 1978.

Northeast Ohio Airports React to Brussels bombings

Mar 22, 2016
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The deadly terrorist bombings in Brussels have led to stepped up security in the United States. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier checked on reaction at Northeast Ohio's airports.

The nation’s major airports including those in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles all report stepping up security. Kristie Van Auken of the Akron-Canton Airport says the airport has been at heightened security since 9/11, and passengers there will see business as usual following the Brussels bombings.

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The east coast storms may be over, but the ripple effect is still being felt at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. About 40 to 50 eastbound flights were canceled each of the last three days. Hopkins Interim Director Fred Szabo credits airlines for using smartphone notifications to prevent many passengers from showing up over the weekend for flights that had been grounded.

As of today, Szabo says flights to Washington, D.C. are still cancelled, but passengers headed to the New York City area should be on their way.

Snowstorm Impact on Northeast Ohio Air Travel

Jan 22, 2016
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Thousands of flights are being cancelled nationwide due to the major snow storm hitting the east coast. Akron/Canton Airport CEO Rick McQueen says United Airlines flights to Newark are canceled, and all American Airlines flights to Charlotte, Washington D.C. and New York City are also halted.  He says over the last several years the airlines have been more proactive in cancelling flights in advance of big storms.