Cleveland rallies to support airline hub after merger

05/18/2010 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Civic and business leaders in Cleveland, Ohio, are worried for the future of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which depends on Continental Airlines for two-thirds of its 260 flights each day. Following a Continental merger with United Airlines, Cleveland would be the smallest of eight hubs, making it an obvious target for cost-cutting. Though some analysts cite St. Louis and Cincinnati as historical precedent for what happens to minor hubs following a merger, others believe United/Continental will maintain a major presence in Cleveland in order to avoid encroachment by discount airlines.

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