United begins shifting Cleveland flights, adds St. Cloud

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United Airlines will begin new flights between Chicago O’Hare and Flint, Michigan, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, in the second quarter.

The three-times daily flights to Bishop International airport in Flint on a 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 aircraft will replace the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier’s up to four flights per day between Cleveland and Flint on 5 June, United’s website shows. Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft with 50 seats operate the existing service.

On 1 February, United announced that it would pull down its Cleveland hub to just 72 flights from about 200 currently by June.

The new twice-daily St. Cloud service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines on 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft from 6 May, according to United’s website.

American Airlines flies between Chicago O'Hare and Flint, Innovata schedules show. No airlines fly between Chicago O'Hare and St. Cloud.

Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, are the remaining two cities in United's network after Flint that only have flights to Cleveland. The existing service will end in June.

“It’s a very dangerous situation for us as a small community,” says Sam Arcadipane, manager of airports and parks for Chautauqua County that includes the Jamestown airport. “This came in as a sidewinder missile and hit us.”

The airport and Silver Airways, which operates the United flights to Cleveland, have a meeting to discuss future air service to Jamestown on 6 February, he says.

Bradford airport was not immediately available for comment.