Randy Roguski, The Plain Dealer

A court document this week reignited fears about the future of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The document, from Continental Airlines, outlined the possible loss of hundreds of flights here after Continental merges with United Airlines. The information emerged in a court proceeding in San Francisco, where consumers have sued to block the merger.

Continental quicly tried to calm people’s worries. Chief Executive Jeff Smisek reiterated Continental’s commitment to Cleveland. He said the doomday scenario was only one of several considered. Others would retain Hopkins current traffic or even increase it, he said.

Airline analysts agreed that most airlines would prepare several simulations when considering a merger. But Smisek’s statements still left confusion about Hopkins’ future. Just the day before, when asked n court whether other scenarios were prepared, he had said he didn’t know.

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