The United Airlines announcement that the company will reduce their Cleveland flights by 60 percent by June is obviously terrible news for the local economy - especially in the case of the Cleveland Convention Center designed to woo visitors traveling from places all over the U.S. to here.
"It's gonna have an impact on a lot of people," says George Lloyd, a longtime taxi cab driver.
Cleveland will no longer be a United Airlines hub.
"It's gonna hurt us. It's gonna hurt us a great deal," says Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell.
Councilman Conwell says it will be important for those in power to not just accept this news, but to take action.
"We need to fight this. They say 60 percent. We need to make that cut back to 20 percent. We have to continue to negotiate. We have to fight for our residents, for our region. We can't let this go."
Councilman Conwell in fact reminds us the same thing happened back in the 80's.
"United left before. Then we brought in Continental Airlines. We can do that again. We need to keep fighting for our residents. We need to keep negotiating."
The United Airline's announcement is expected to be discussed at the City Council Meeting Monday night.
Representatives from United Airlines' Corporate Headquarters are expected to speak to media on Monday, February 3 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Mayor Frank Jackson will also address changes at Hopkins and United Airlines service at a press conference on Monday, February 3. The event is scheduled at 11 a.m. at Cleveland's City Hall.
On Sunday, February 2, United Airlines posted a letter to customers on the company's website.
United Airlines' flights from Cleveland to the following cities will be phased out:
Manchester, N. H.
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
Parkersburg, W. VA.
United Airlines says that they will be "contacting customers who are booked for future travel on an affected route in order to provide an alternate itinerary."
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