While this business decision by United is unfortunate, we have long recognized that this was one possible consequence of the United-Continental merger after witnessing similar outcomes in other markets through consolidation within the industry. Fortunately, our airport and city are better positioned to attract additional service than they were at the time of the merger. The airport is improved, costs are down, we have more traffic-generating assets and the business community is mobilized and committed.
Because efficient air service benefits all of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, our goal is to minimize the impact on travelers and to ensure convenient and affordable air service here. Therefore, we will now mount an aggressive effort to replace as many lost routes as possible.
Working with the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio and other partners, we are committed to a focused and dedicated effort over the coming months and years to attract additional air service. We have an engaged group of business leaders who have been working on the air service issue for three years and thoroughly understand the issues.
We will approach this opportunity like other opportunities we have faced before. We have a strong case to make, we have the resources and leaders necessary to drive the case, and we are committed to achieving our goal.
Greater Cleveland Partnership