Earlier this month, United Airlines met with The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group to explain their decisions to eliminate their hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport beginning in April.
Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief of revenue, said the airline took a long, careful look before deciding to de-hub but due to significant losses over the last 10 years, it’s essential that United makes the move.
“Cleveland does not have enough connecting traffic to justify keeping a hub here and has lost more money than any of United’s other hubs in the last three years,” Compton said.
This means that from April to June peak-day departures will reduce from 199 to 72 and peak-day seats from 12,384 to 6,121. This will result in 470 job cuts at Hopkins among ramp worker, baggage handlers, customer service agents, and at Chelsea Food Service kitchens near Hopkins. The job reductions will begin in June and some employees will be offered transfers to other jobs at the airline. United did not yet have the details on this number.
How Can Area Temps Help?
A company of this size deciding to leave Cleveland will have a substantial impact on the Cleveland community. As a dedicated human resource staffing partner in the Greater Cleveland market, Area Temps wants to make sure these job cuts are felt as little as possible. In our 25 years experience in Cleveland, the experienced recruiters at Area Temps have helped employ countless professionals each year.
If you or someone you know will be affected by the layoffs at United, now is the time to start planning. Contact us today and we’ll work with you to find your next great career opportunity.