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The news came as a surprise to passengers.

“Somebody else will fill the space. It never ends. As long as the facility’s here, people are going to use it, I’m sure it’ll keep moving,” said Raza Khan.

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“Any flights that are affected probably are going to affect travelers. My family is from the West, typically flights travel to and from,” said Kristi Campbell.

This will impact three daily flights out of Akron-Canton Airport.  All Southwest flights out of this airport flight to Atlanta, then they connect to other cities like Chicago, Dallas, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Over the phone, CAK CEO Rick McQueen said he’s disappointed and they’ll feel the effects, but Delta still flies to Atlanta and Spirit Airlines just added several vacation destinations from Akron-Canton, so that has softened the blow.

Carl Weeden often chooses this airport over Cleveland Hopkins and he hopes the choices stick around.

“Sometimes Cleveland can be congested, here in Akron you know it’s very easy to get into, service is great, you don’t have to wait as long,” Weeden said.

Southwest still flies out of Cleveland.  We’re still waiting to hear how many jobs will be affected.

Southwest said employees will be offered other opportunities within the company.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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