Airlines Begin to Return Air Service to CLE
May 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented, devastating factor to global, national and local health and economic vitality. The travel industry has been hit especially hard with enormous demand reductions due to stay at home orders and fears of contracting the virus. Airlines, cruise lines, hotels, amusement parks and other travel industry providers are announcing massive furloughs and lay-offs. With the re-start of the United States, State of Ohio and Cleveland area economy, air travel is just beginning to turn the corner and slowly expand. Cleveland has always been a strong performer for airlines and once again CLE is at the forefront of the comeback.
While Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has recently reported April passenger traffic at historic lows down 96.44% vs. April 2019, it appears the worst may be behind for travelers. The airport has had roughly 20 daily departures recently but that is scheduled to grow to upwards of 40 daily departures in June.
“We salute all our airlines and appreciate their collective confidence in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as they continue to serve CLE through this difficult time,” said Airport Director Robert Kennedy. “We especially thank American Airlines, currently providing the most departures who is expected to do so again in June followed closely behind by Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Delta Air Lines.”
Nonstop service reinstatements in June include some of our most popular destinations: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Newark, Washington Reagan, Miami, St. Louis, Raleigh/Durham, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, SC, and Norfolk. More nonstop markets are expected in June and July as Clevelanders makes their travel plans. CLE will be ready with a clean, continuously sanitized airport gateway to get you where you want to go.