When United and Continental Merged, why did UAL cut so many flights out of CLE?

I don’t understand, KCLE was one of the Main hubs for Continental before the Merger, and now, its nothing, just like a normal airport that still has flights from UAL to some places. Now, Frontier has a small base there. I wonder what made UA cut so many flights (and more importantly, MHT-CLE flight which I would have flown if the route was still here). I wish to know, I want MHT-CLE back.

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I dont know, i was wondering the same thing. It still has flights to cancun, though.

I live in Orlando and i get direct flights there so i guess im lucky.

Yeah. Ironically, UA has a club there!

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But why was it not profitable??

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They already had a major Midwest hub in Chicago and another hub in Dulles and Newark. All of which are an hour flight away from Cleveland. Basing their flights in Cleveland took up a lot of aircraft from those three which have, unlike Cleveland, European and Asian international routes. Cleveland couldn’t provide that and being a smaller city to DC, NYC, and Chicago meant there is little need to base a Hub, especially one that only provides domestic or North American routes, when you have 3 that can handle that traffic between them and provide fewer layovers for those traveling through their other hubs. Continental only used Cleveland as a domestic route hub. Something United doesn’t need with Newark, Dulles, and O’Hare

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Read this it basically sums it up.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Hopkins_International_Airport#Relationship_with_United_and_Continental

Thats a lame excuse of united. I wish CO was still here.

United had owned a hub at CLE before merging with continental. They then migrated this CLE hub to Washington Dulles International Airport. This resulted in an empty hub there, which continental took. After United had merged with continental, they felt no need to keep this hub and therefore, de-hubbed it.

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Aww y’all beat me to the answer by copy and pasting…

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Nah, I just pasted the link. lol

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It is also basically the bottom three sections of this Wikipedia entry, but I just put it in my own words. All the technical stuff is there.

Not really. It’s a really sound business model.

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It was a very good decision that saved them a lot of money. I agree with their decision, there was no need for that hub anymore.

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The hub was losing millions of dollars a year, there were no flights out of North America, proximity to their Chicago and Newark hubs, and Jeff Smisek said, “We cannot continue to bear these losses” in a letter sent to employees, the hub was dismantled in stages from Feb to June of 2014.

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