United to Link CAK and Newark in October

Akron-Canton Airport will continue to have service to the New York City region with United Airlines announcing that it will begin service between CAK and Newark Liberty International Airport on Oct. 25.

The announcement came less than a month after Southwest Airlines said it was cutting four nonstop routes from CAK, including service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

The Newark service will be offered by United Express and use 50-seat Embraer regional jets.

United also said that it will expand service from CAK to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on the same day from four to five daily flights. That service is also provided under the United Express banner and uses regional jet equipment.

Both O’Hare and Newark are major hub airports for United. Newark Airport is 16 miles from Manhattan.

United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm said the airline makes new service decisions based on demand.

“We feel there’s demand for this nonstop service to the New York area and we have an incredible route network globally,” she said. “This will give the Akron community one-stop service beyond New York to hundreds of destinations. We think it’s exciting.”

Last month Southwest Airlines said it would end service in early November from Akron-Canton Airport to New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Denver. However, Southwest also said it would launch non-stop service on Nov. 15 between CAK and Las Vegas.

Flights from CAK to Newark will depart at 6:30 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. with returning flights scheduled to arrive in CAK at 3:05 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

“Business travelers will love United Airlines’ new service from (Akron-Canton),” airport President and CEO Rick McQueen said in a statement. “Newark Liberty International Airport is not only an exceptional gateway to New York City, but to Europe and beyond.”

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