July 29, 2014

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United vacating concourse at Cleveland Hopkins

A United Airlines employee staffs a ticketing counter at San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. United Airlines has announced it is vacating its concourse in Cleveland Hopkins. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

A United Airlines employee staffs a ticketing counter at San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. United Airlines has announced it is vacating its concourse in Cleveland Hopkins. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials at the Cleveland airport are trying to determine the potential impact of United Airlines’ decision to vacate one of its concourses.

The Plain Dealer reports that United notified the city and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday that it will consolidate all of its flights onto Concourse C, leaving the 16 gates in Concourse D vacant. That will happen starting June 5.

United previously announced it is cutting more nonstop flights from the Cleveland’s airport after deciding to drop its money-losing hub there.

Port Control Director Ricky Smith said the airport will work with United Airlines and concession manager Airmall Cleveland Inc. to assess the impact of United’s decision.

Smith said Cleveland’s workforce development office is working with United to help people affected by job cuts.

 

  • TheRustyScupper

    So, this comes as a surprise for Cleveland Port folks? Hah! They have known for quite some time that United was pulling out the hub. In fact, it was a negotiating point during the merger talks. United agreed to a specified time limit to retain the hub, after which they could reduce space, services and employees. In the mean time, Cleveland has done nothing to replace the loss. It is a wonder more business hasn’t gone to other airports, such as Akron/Canton. Cleveland has one of the worst airports for access, parking, flow, concession pricing. When I get routed to Cleveland, I wince.