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Continental's Cleveland Hub

Thu May 25, 2000 10:30 pm

Has anyone flown through the Cleveland hub? If so, how do you rate it?
Will it ever grow to a size comparable to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
(CVG) or even Pittsburgh (PIT)? Does anyone think Continental will add
more international service from CLE and upgrade the current CLE-London
Gatwick service from a 757 to a widebody?

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RE: Continental's Cleveland Hub

Fri May 26, 2000 1:56 am

I think you could see that LGW service expanded, but it all depends on their passenger yeilds. The Cleveland airport wwill never grow. The airport was built for Tri-Motors and DC-3s. They're out of room very soon. Their runways need to be farther apart. The hub will never grow. The new commuter terminal is very nice. If you're ever in Cleveland I recommend you visit it.
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RE: Continental's Cleveland Hub

Fri May 26, 2000 2:26 am

Continental's Cleveland hub is compact and easy to get around in, and has a good flight schedule to the Northeast and Midwest. It probably won't ever get as big as Delta's Cincy hub or US Airways at Pittsburgh, becuse the property is too small and hemmed-in by factories, a convention center, and expressways, for widely-spaced runways.

Cleveland and the suburb that abuts Hopkins Airport, Brook Park, settled a bloody war over airport expansion a couple of years ago, with an agreement that had Brook Park cede some land to the airport to allow a new main runway that is long enough (11,000 ft) to acommodate fully-loaded jumbos to Europe. But the new runway won't be widely-spaced, so capacity won't rise much.

Jim K.
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RE: Continental's Cleveland Hub

Fri May 26, 2000 4:31 am

I live near CLE and go there fairly often. It consists of one main terminal connected to four concourses. The concourses are very narrow and can be hard to get around in when the airport gets crowded. The walk from the main check-in/drop-off area can be very long, particularly if you're departing from a gate in the D concourse. With the exception of Continental's two main concourses (C and D), the airport is getting old and is overdue for renovations. On the plus side, there is a very nice observation deck on top of the end of concourse B.

Now that Continental has finished expanding its presence at CLE with the addition of concourse D, virtually no growth is likely to occur for a very long time. If you look at an aerial or satellite view of the airport, you'll see that there is a major obstacle prohibiting expansion on all sides of the airfield. In addition, landing fees at CLE are among the highest in the country. After the most recent hikes, I'm pretty sure that they're the second-highest in the country next to the New York airports.
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RE: Continental's Cleveland Hub

Fri May 26, 2000 6:20 am

I live in Cleveland and sell to the managment team handling the construction at the airport. The fact that neighborhoods are being bought up and runways are being expanded are not just for looks. That airport has and is growing. Very busy in the late afternoon. In fact, a lot has been done to the facilities in the last several years and it is looking good. Expect to see lots happening there soon. It is a pretty good airport to deal with although I have never made a connecting flight through CLE.

There are two great areas to view planes. One is on top of the SouthWest terminal "B" (designated area) the other is at the 100th bomb squadron restaraunt.