Everyone seems to be jumping to conclusions that CLE
's demise is imminent, which, I think, it is not, for several reasons.
1. The economic climate. Right now, with all the losses being incurred by the carriers, opening a new hub is probably economically not viable at the moment. With red ink flowing, putting out the costs of relocating a hub is probably prohibative.
has invested hundres of millions of $$$ into CLE
, and will not abandon it unless absolutely forced to.
takes a lot of pressure off of EWR
, and to give it up would leave a large hole in midwest service, despite certain people saying it doesn't serve any "unique" markets. A hub's job isn't to serve "unique" markets, it's to fly to markets that best serve the airline into making a profit. Unique markets are great, but you don't fly to a market simply for it's uniqueness.
would leave a huge gap in the Midwest, leaving CO
as the only major without a Midwest hub. Despite the fact that some on here seem to belittle that service, it would leave a huge gape in the CO
can still work, but it may take time to undo all the damage that Mayor White and his hacks have caused. CLE
needs to take better care of basic maintainence. CLE
needs to forster a better relationship with it's carriers, especially CO
. Northeast Ohio needs to reconsider whether it's air travel is best served by a land-locked facility, or if it should move the airport, preferably southwestward, into Lorain County. CLE
needs to make sure that pro's, not political apointees, are permanently in charge of the airport.
This was a warning shot. CLE
has until the end of this year, or early next year, to show a real committment to CO
has put up with 15 years of a less-than-stellar attitude from the city. CO
get's top-of-the-line treatment in EWR
, and is simply growing weary of a city that doesn't seem to embrace it. That will either change, or, when conditions get better, the hub will be moved or closed.
And, despite the fact that WN
will probably increase service no matter what, and that B6
could come in, if CLE
loses another hub for the 2nd time in 25 years, it may never regain the status of "hub" again.