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    Cleveland is the latest airline hub to get sent to the chopping block.
    United Airlines will downgrade its hub operation there, axing the city's hub status in a move that will mean major flight cutbacks and the loss of about 470 jobs.
    TV station WKYC of Cleveland confirmed the move Saturday evening, saying United CEO Jeff Smisek revealed the news in a Saturday letter to United's Cleveland employees.
    In the memo, Smisek says "we have made the difficult decision to substantially reduce our flying from Cleveland. We will make this reduction in stages beginning in April."
    "Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years," Smisek adds in the letter. "We simply cannot continue to bear these losses."
    Smisek said United would reduce its number of daily Cleveland flights by about 60%, keeping most of its "mainline" flights at Cleveland but slashing about 70% of those flown by the company's United Express regional partners.
    Once all of the cuts are phased in by June, United's Cleveland schedule will drop from about 199 daily departures to 72.

    United will still operate six mainland U.S. hubs without Cleveland. They are ORD, DEN, IAH, LAX, EWR and SFO


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    Quote Originally Posted by ddagencylv View Post
    United will still operate six mainland U.S. hubs without Cleveland. They are ORD, DEN, IAH, LAX, EWR and SFO
    Don't forget about IAD, that's a pretty big hub still, and probably will be for quite some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spongebue View Post
    Don't forget about IAD, that's a pretty big hub still, and probably will be for quite some time.
    Does IAD have more INTL than EWR?

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    I really don't know if it's more than EWR, but still very substantial. Looking at Wiki, we've got AMS, BAH, PEK, BRU, DOH, DXB, GVA, KWI, LHR, MAN, MUC, CDG, GIG (for a little while longer), FCO, GRU, NRT, ZRH, and a seasonal MAD coming up. And that's ignoring North American destinations. Granted, some of those are thru-flights (I believe IAD-DOH stops in DX but I believe most are nonstops, and most if not all thrus are a true-thru flight, none of that "change planes, change plane type, change crew, change gate, and wait 3 hours between flights" crap.
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