^Don't know much about Hogan. But there's also this guy: "Todd F. Payne was selected to join the Department of Port Control in December 2006 as Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development." (http://clevelandairport.com/about-us/leadership
). He's been there for 11 years -- he's very certainly not "earning his pay". If Hogan is good, Hogan should replace him. Otherwise, hopefully the new director will bring in a more competent chief to run this unit that will actually bring in TATL from a "Tier 1" carrier.
I believe Hogan works for Payne.
CLE's recovery from the sudden loss of the UA hub has been quite amazing to me. Somebody did a great sales job snagging Frontier, Spirit, JetBlue, and Allegiant, plus getting Delta, Southwest, and American to expand their schedules. Whoever "somebody" is, it wasn't Ricky Smith and it wasn't City Hall.
1. The UA hub closure was not a 'sudden loss'. Every informed/insightful person knew it was coming and had a few years to prepare. I'd say the airport had NO PLAN in place when the announcement was made.
2. JetBlue is great, but its only 2 routes. The other carriers you cited can't compare to a business-level service---especially operating 3 days a week? No serious traveller can really operate that way. Yes, they brought up pax numbers and lowered CPE, but its not really good 'air service'. Not only does CLE lack AMS, LHR, etc. but also still doesn't have even Kansas City.
3. Airlines aren't stupid. There's a lot of money in Cleveland and a lot of people. If there was no "somebody" marketing Cleveland, those routes/carriers that did appear after UA dehubbed the city would probably have occurred anyway because, with the UA hub gone, there's money to be made. I'm not convinced Payne's 11 years of 'experience' at CLE has brought the airport anything. (Just found this article, which demonstrates his lack of understanding: "Todd Payne, director of marketing and air-service development at Hopkins, said improved technology might one day allow for jets to take off for Asia from shorter runways. 'Eventually, it might not be necessary to have super-long runways,' Payne said."(http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/05 ... on_ho.html
) What better way to sell the city than to defend short runways with poor insight?
4. What the city really needs--and would be the true measure of these CLE route development people--would be nonstop service to LHR/CDG/FRA, MEX, etc.
5. I don't know these guys, and if Hogan has been there for one year then he gets a pass, but the Chief has been there for 11 and nothing real to show for it while cities smaller than Cleveland are getting new international services. There's no excuse for so many years of poor performance.