What we’re reading: Cleveland dropped as UA hub, Southwest announces DAL routes, what travelers think about fees


United Airlines drops Cleveland as hub airport

United Airlines has decided to drop Cleveland Hopkins as a hub, eliminating 470 jobs.

The company’s CEO Jeff Smisek announced in a letter to employees that the airline will no longer use Cleveland to connect fliers coming from other airports around the country. As a result, United’s daily departures from the city will fall from 199 currently to 72 by June.

Southwest to add routes from Dallas to 15 cities, including Las Vegas

Southwest Airlines has finally revealed what cities it will fly to from Dallas Love Field after the Wright Amendment expires.

Beginning Oct. 13, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:
Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago Midway.
Beginning Nov. 2, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:
Atlanta,Nashville, Washington, D.C. (Reagan National), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (LAX), New York (LaGuardia), Phoenix, San Diego.

What travelers really think about airline fees

Airline passengers, in general, don’t like extra fees. However, there are some things that they would gladly pay for.

At a time when airlines are shrinking the size of seats and moving them closer together, 89 percent of survey respondents felt that comfortable seats were an important requirement of air travel. Moreover, 45 percent would pay for extra legroom, 26 percent would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them, and another 34 percent would pay to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining.

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  • BobChi

    How would paying to keep a middle seat open work? Unless the airline projects lots of empty seats on a given flight (in which case you might find it empty anyway or be able to move around), wouldn’t the fee have to be the actual purchase price? Otherwise, why would the airline want to sell the seat empty rather than sell it to someone else to travel in? What am I missing? How could this be implemented?