United denies its is downsizing the Cleveland hub

United Airlines (Chicago) has denied local media reports that it intends to downsize the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) hub. The reports started when the airline announced it was discontinuing the local Cleveland-Cincinnati route on August 1, 2012. This feeder route is operated by United Express carrier CommutAir (Burlington) (top and bottom).

In fact, United is adding flights at CLE (still not back to the pre-merger numbers). According to the Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com), UA is adding daily flights to Boston, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington (Dulles), Portland (Maine), San Francisco, St. Louis and three more daily flights to Chicago (O’Hare).

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United is also adding 17 weekly flights at Cincinnati.

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