Allegiant Air To End Cleveland Hopkins Airport Services

American ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air will be ceasing services to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) by early next…

Allegiant Air To End Cleveland Hopkins Airport Services

American ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air will be ceasing services to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) by early next year. The airline has cited an unfavorable cost structure at the airport as unsustainable to offering low fares to customers. While Allegiant is pulling out of this airport, there could be another option for them to continue serving the Cleveland area.

Allegiant has announced it is pulling out of Cleveland. Photo: Allegiant

Allegiant is pulling out of Cleveland

A local outlet, Cleveland.com, reports that Allegiant Air is pulling out of Cleveland’s main international airport. The carrier has served CLE since 2017 and mainly operates a highly seasonal leisure-oriented model out of the airport. Currently, with various frequencies per week during various months based on demand, Allegiant services the following destinations from Cleveland:

  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Orlando-Sanford, Florida
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Punta Gorda, Florida
  • Tampa-St. Pete, Florida
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Savannah/Hilton Head, Georgia

The final Allegiant flight at CLE will operate on January 3rd. Passengers with bookings after that date will be offered re-accommodation to another Allegiant flight or else a full refund. Allegiant states it will reach out to customers.

In a statement to Simple Flying, an Allegiant spokesperson offered the following:

“Our flights were very successful in the market, but unfortunately with the airport’s construction projects and planned expansion, the cost structure has become prohibitive to our operation – our business model hinges upon our ability to keep fares low for our customers.”

Allegiant Air To End Cleveland Hopkins Airport Services
Allegiant cited higher costs at the airport in its withdrawal of services. Photo: Getty Images

An alternative area airport

While Allegiant does serve some major cities in the United States, it does not always serve the major airport in that city. For example, in Columbus, Ohio, the airline services Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) over the larger John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) that every other airline servicing the city flies to.

Though not a perfect alternative, there is a nearby airport to the Cleveland area: Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). Located to the south of Cleveland, the airport does receive service from major US airlines. American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines are the major US airlines servicing the airport. These airlines also service CLE.

There is another airline at CAK, which also operates a model based on Allegiant’s. That airline is Breeze Airways. Both Breeze and Allegiant serve destinations with only a few flights a week and offer customers an unbundled, low-cost product.

Allegiant Air To End Cleveland Hopkins Airport Services
CAK already sees service from some major airlines. Photo: CAK Airport

Construction at Cleveland

Like many major airports, Cleveland is looking at a significant modernization. The airport has served the community since 1925 when it was the first musical airport in the country. Obviously, things have changed a lot since then. CLE is now Ohio’s busiest airport.

Cleveland has seen a lot of highs and lows. It was formerly a hub for Continental Airlines. Post-merger with United Airlines, the fate of the Cleveland hub came under intense scrutiny. United decided to shutter the hub in 2014, which led the airport’s Concourse D to become vacant. However, United still has a significant presence at the airport and even plans to launch a new Cleveland to Nassau link.

There is some revitalization of air service going on at the airport. The airport has revealed a new master plan earlier this year intending to enhance the passenger experience, operate a more environmentally friendly airport, and preparing to handle the expected growth in passenger volumes over the next 15 years and beyond.

This has not been without concerns. Airlines have raised some questions about the cost of the airport’s development. This is what led Allegiant to announce it was pulling out of the airport. Nevertheless, CLE appears to be ready to move forward with its construction plans.

Are you sad that Allegiant is pulling out of Cleveland? Let us know in the comments!

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Why Lyon Airport Will Pilot The Airbus Hydrogen Network

Lyon Airport will play a crucial role in the next chapter of aviation. The site will pilot Airbus’…

Why Lyon Airport Will Pilot The Airbus Hydrogen Network

Lyon Airport will play a crucial role in the next chapter of aviation. The site will pilot Airbus’ ambitious hydrogen network in the next few years. Let’s take a look at the setup of this plan.

Airbus is looking to introduce hydrogen commercial flight by 2035, and it’s making the right collaborations ahead of this target. Photo: Airbus

Three is the magic number

Airbus has joined forces with Air Liquide and VINCI Airports to utilize hydrogen at airports. Following this, the partnership intends to scale up the European airport network to meet the requirements of future hydrogen-based planes.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry has been chosen to host the first hydrogen installations as soon as 2023. Airbus partnership reflects the three companies’ shared ambition to combine their respective expertise to support the decarbonization of air travel. Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is VINCI Airport’s centre of excellence for innovation in France, and has been a great spot to trial the latest digital, biometric and AI tech.

“For us, Lyon Airport is the first one [where] we want to implement this kind of hydrogen facility [before expanding] all along our networks, which today, is more than 45 airports,” Eric Delobel, chief technical officer at VINCI, shared at the Airbus Summit.

“So, the challenge here is to scale it up from the pilot in Lyon to the other airports in order to create a network of hydrogen. This is really the ultimate goal.”

Lyon
VINCI is a concessions and construction giant that manages major airports all around the world, including Lyon. Photo: VINCI Airports

Delobel added that there are promising factors about hydrogen as it is already something that makes sense for the facilities at the airport. Ultimately, it is the right ecosystem for a program such as this to excel.

The strategy

Overall, the implementation of this program will be rolled out in three phases.

From 2023, it will launch the hydrogen gas distribution station in Lyon. This supply will support the airport and its partners’ ground vehicles, such as buses, and trucks, and handling equipment. It will also back heavy goods vehicles around the site. This stage is vital to testing the hydrogen hub model.

In the three years that follow the initial launch, the program will deploy liquid hydrogen infrastructures to fuel future aircraft tanks. Then, as the 2030s get underway it’s expected that hydrogen will be ready to be utilized by the masses via the network.

Hydrogen Ecosystem Airbus
Air Liquide has over a century of experience in the gas industry, providing a vital hand in the hydrogen mission. Photo: Airbus

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A strong team

Altogether, with an existing network of 45 airports across 12 nations, VINCI has a strong presence to test and grow the deployment of hydrogen in the aviation industry. Airbus is putting considerable faith in hydrogen as the answer to sustainable commercial travel in the long term. It is also determined to operate in a net-zero ecosystem by 2050.

So, with a legacy gas powerhouse such as Air Liquide on board, the three organizations have the right expertise to usher in a new generation of aviation.

What are your thoughts about the plans of Airbus and its partners to build a hydrogen network? Do you think that this would be a good move for the industry? Let us know what you think of the overall goals in the comment section.

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