Let's look beyond whether or not CLE
as an airport itself is profitable...
You have AA
employees (94 as mentioned), CLE
is fairly senior in terms of AA
wages; working 17 flights per weekday and only two flights are mainline- the remaining 15 are Eagle
Why would AA
continue to pay the station AA
wages, when they can simply close the station (as they are doing) and convert the entire operation to Eagle and therefore spending way less on labor- increasing profitability of the station?
Now, these 94 will either: take a package (if eligible), transfer elsewhere in the AA
system, or apply
Now here's the catch: at a later time, AA
can simply add back one or two mainline flights and continue to have Eagle agents work mainline (i.e. RSW
It's unfortunate, however, it was bound to happen.