Although it has been years since United Airlines designated Cleveland as a hub, it has maintained some legacy routes from what was once a thriving base. Two routes are on the chopping block as United reassesses demand from a pair of key slot-controlled airports.
United Airlines Cuts Service To New York LGA and Washington DCA from Cleveland
After de-hubbing Cleveland in 2014, United nevertheless maintained a number of key non-hub routes to East Coast and Florida cities.
As of yet, however, United has not announced a replacement for its now-open LGA slot.
The cutting of LGA and DCA follow earlier cuts to Boston, San Juan, and Cancun.
Larger Aircraft, More Seats To Hubs
The news is not all bad for Cleveland residents, though. United still serves nearby Newark and Washington Dulles airports and will upguage aircraft in those markets to compensate for the service loss to DCA and LGA. The net result will be more premium seats out of Cleveland.
Overall, United grew 3.6% in Cleveland in 2019 and expects further growth in 2020.
Florida Routes Remain
In addition to serving its seven domestic mainland hubs, United will still maintain service between Cleveland and:
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Fort Myers (RSW)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Tampa (TPA)
American will still serve Cleveland nonstop from DCA and Delta will serve CLE nonstop from LGA. The larger aircraft to United’s hubs will be a better experience than the ERJ-145s on the LGA and DCA routes, though such discomfort may have been worthwhile depending upon where you were going in New York and Washington.
Will you miss United’s non hub-to-hub routes in Cleveland?