A big switch coming for local air travelers starting in June. United Airlines flights from Erie to Cleveland will be dropped. But the good news is, non-stop daily service to Chicago will be added.
The switch came because of the major cuts to Cleveland's Hopkins Airport announced over the weekend. United is dropping Cleveland as a hub operation, cutting 60% of it's departures, and eliminating about 470 jobs.
It will mean the end of 4 daily flights in small planes between Erie and Cleveland. But United is substituting Chicago as Erie's newest daily destination, joining Detroit and Philadelphia.
Beginning in June, United will use 50 seat regional jets on two daily flights at 6:45 am and 4:08 pm.
Erie Airport Director Chris Rodgers said, "I know the demand is strong. We have a lot of folks in the community from GE Transportation on down that want non-stop service. So we are really happy to be able to provide that. I also think with the added connection opportunities that Chicago provides, I think it will be very popular. We will fill those places up and filled places mean more flights in the future."