MIAMI — CommutAir will relocate its Cleveland crew and maintenance base this June, according to sources. The regional carrier operates flights in and out of Cleveland, Newark, and Washington Dulles for United Airlines under the United Express brand. Recently, the airline has scaled back its Cleveland operations as United prepares to de-hub its operations.
With the news of United de-hubbing Cleveland, the carrier is now shifting its focus to Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles. United will decide where it wants to place the capacity that is being added to the two northeast hubs. Sources indicated that the maintenance facilities may be relocated to Albany, New York, and that its operations facility will be moved when its current lease expires in North Olmstead, Ohio.
The airline has not responded to a request for comment.
CommutAir has a fleet of 17 Bombardier Q200 and Q300 aircraft. During the last decade, the carrier has seen many cuts to its services. In December 2000, the regional carrier changed affiliations to Continental, after US Airways did not renew its codeshare agreements. Eight months later, the company announced that it would cut half of its fleet and workforce.
In 2002, the carrier started building an operations based in Albany, New York. At its high point, the carrier flew to Allentown, Harrisburg, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Burlington, Manchester, Portland, Bangor, Providence, Islip, Hartford/Springfield, White Plains, Ottawa and Montreal from Albany. Additionally, the carrier connected Boston Logan with Rutland, White Plains, Allentown, Burlington, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Islip, Saranac Lake, and Plattsburgh. At the time, the carrier only operated Beech 1900Ds.
In 2003, CommutAir announced that it would start flying out of Cleveland Hopkins for Continental.
Unfortunately, the operations out of Albany and Boston were unprofitable, and all operations were moved towards the Midwest in 2005.
On June 5, 2008, Continental Airlines announced that it would cut flights and more than 3,000 jobs.