stl07 wrote:ncflyer wrote:I'm happy for BNA but ultimately I find the announcement depressing. So many wins from smaller metro areas on the international front yet Cleveland seems to be without hope. I'm tired of driving to PIT or DTW for decent fares or nonstop service. I'm tired of purchasing a two ticket option to Europe from CLE to save money. . . . so many wonderful things going on in NE Ohio, yet the airport, both its aesthetic and its service--- bush league.
NOOOO. Cleveland is not without hope. Cleveland is smart. I can see why everyone on this forum is upset, but really, CLE (and STL, Sacramento) are the smarter ones, unlike these much smaller cities like BNA and NOLA who pump multi millions of dollars into the airlines checkbooks for a flight (PIT too). Buying out a route is not sustainable, nor justifiable when many people in these cities are under poverty line and the infrastructure needs help.
PIT-CDG on DL has been 100% self sustaining for 7 years with no additional tax payer incentives provided.