In route developments at U.S. airlines, details have emerged about United’s planned cutbacks at Cleveland; Delta and Alaska Airlines intensify their ongoing 'Battle for Seattle'; and American will drop a key Latin American route next year.
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Last week, we reported that a growing shortage of pilots at regional airlines has led to a cutback in service to some small communities by Great Lakes Airlines and was partially responsible for United’s decision to end Cleveland’s status as a connecting hub. And now another regional operator is blaming a pilot shortage for a downsizing of its fleet.
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A small carrier in the U.S. heartland has stopped flying to several towns, and United is sharply curtailing regional flights from Cleveland, in the first instances of what could be a serious pilot shortage affecting other companies, especially regional airlines.
Southwest Airlines has thrown down the gauntlet to American Airlines and some other major competitors by announcing the new routes it will serve from Dallas Love Field this fall; meanwhile, United will drop Cleveland as a connecting hub this spring.