ROUTES: Cleveland pushes Star connections

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Cleveland Hopkins International airport is focused on attracting a European Star Alliance carrier, building on its United Airlines hub.

Richard Pinkham, deputy chief of air service and cargo development at the Ohio airport, says that there are a few European markets with a Star member that would work well for Cleveland and provide feed to United’s hub.

Europe-based Star members with existing operations to the USA include Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss.

Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2010, ended its daily nonstop between Cleveland and London Gatwick in 2009.

Pinkham says that Cleveland has a “positive collaborative relationship” with United, which recently added new nonstops to Austin, Nashville and Oklahoma City from the airport.

The Chicago-based carrier’s capacity from the airport was down more than 20% to 287.8 million available seat kilometres (ASK) in September compared to United and Continental’s combined capacity in September 2010, Flightglobal/Innovata data shows.