WKYC has confirmed that United Airlines will be making severe cutbacks at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and will not continue its hub status. The Investigator Tom Meyer was the first to break the story.
The cuts mean a majority of the United flights coming through Hopkins will be eliminated, as well as many local layoffs.
WKYC obtained a copy of a letter sent to employees from United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek. (See it here: http://on.wkyc.com/1fxq51m)
Smisek says, “Our hub in Cleveland hsan’t been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years. We simply cannot continue to bear these losses.
The letter also says United will reduce the number of average daily departures by about 60%. The scheduled reductions will be fully implemented in June.
In regards to staffing, Smisek says, ” I regret that we will be forced to reduce staffing in Cleveland, but we have no choice, given the level of continued losses we have suffered.”
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article courtesy of Wkyc.com
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