Ohio Offers Continental $16 Million To Expand Cleveland Hub

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state is offering 16 (m) million dollars in incentives to try to persuade Continental Airlines to expand its hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The financial package includes grants, loans, tax credits and hiring services.

Cleveland's airport is trying to land the expansion over Continental hubs in Houston and Newark, New Jersey. The 50 (m) million dollar project would add flights and about 700 jobs.

The state previously said it would give Continental a grant for 900-thousand dollars. But in a letter to Continental, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher said tax money might be used in the expansion.

A Continental spokeswoman says Ohio's incentive offer will be considered in the decision making process.