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And indeed United has announced that they will be cutting flights from Cleveland to Dallas effective 03/05. That route is served by American, Frontier, and Spirit.
United is also ending service from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Tampa effective 04/07. Those are all routes now served by both Frontier and Spirit.
The final remaining United flights from Cleveland that don’t go to one of their other 7 domestic hubs include Boston (4x daily), Cancun (1-2x weekly), LaGuardia (8x daily), Las Vegas (1x daily), Milwaukee (3x daily), Orlando (2x daily), S. Juan (1-2x weekly), S. Louis (2x daily), and Washington/DCA (5x daily).
For the next cuts the remaining leisure markets will probably be first to go, those include Cancun, Las Vegas, Orlando, and S. Juan. Milwaukee and S. Louis. I’d be surprised if there was United service to Cleveland beyond their hub airports plus Boston, LaGuardia, and Washington/DCA in a year from now.
Frontier has proven to be resilient in the Florida market, but they are retreating from non-leisure markets where their non-business friendly flight times have doomed service from Cleveland to Chicago, LaGuardia, Trenton, and Washington DC.
On the bright side?
A reliable source tells me that American will relaunch 3 daily flights from Cleveland to LaGuardia effective 03/29.
Those flights will be bookable by 12/14.
American eliminated flights from LaGuardia to Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis earlier this year.
Since then they’ve announced the return of 4 daily flights to Atlanta effective 01/06 and a 5th daily Atlanta flight will be added in March as well.
One-way flights from Cleveland to NYC remain stubbornly expensive. A search for a nonstop one-way flight from Cleveland-NYC on 03/30 shows the cheapest option being $555, though a Southwest flight from nearby Akron/Canton is just $72.
However it’s great news for British Airways Avios collectors as it costs just 4.5K Avios to fly from Cleveland to NYC, but it’s been very tough to find available on the lone daily flight to JFK ever since the LaGuardia service was discontinued. With the additional flight availability that award space should return to being as excellent as it was previously. It’s a value of 12.2 cents per mile and it means that the 50K signup bonus on a card like the Chase British Airways Visa nets over $6,000 of free flights 😀
The flights come at the expense of Knoxville, Little Rock, and Louisville which will lose the nonstop service to LaGuardia that they had gained earlier this year.
In the meantime there is going to be an incredible amount of flights between Northeast Ohio and NYC:
-Delta has 5 daily flights to LGA and 3 to JFK (most were added after AA pulled their LGA flights)
-United has 8 daily flights to LGA and 5 to EWR.
-American will have 3 daily flights to LGA and 1 to JFK.
-Southwest has 2 daily flights from nearby CAK to LGA.
I don’t think there’s any way for this market to support 27 daily flights. I guess we’ll see who blinks first.
Finally, American is upgrading their twice daily Cleveland-Miami service from RJ145s to RJ175s with first class service. The only question is when will American add service from Cleveland to their expanding hub in Los Angeles…