Southwest to End Service at Akron-Canton

Southwest Airlines said this week it will cease serving Akron-Canton Airport in June, making it the second carrier to announce it will stop flying to the airport this year.

Akron-Canton AirportAirport officials said they were not surprised by the news, noting that Southwest during the past year twice has cut its service to Akron-Canton.

Southwest now has three daily roundtrips to Atlanta and Saturday-only service to Orlando.

At one time, Southwest flew from Akron-Canton to Tampa, Las Vegas, Boston, Denver, New York, Chicago, and Washington.

It began service to Akron-Canton in 2014 after it acquired AirTran. The last day of Southwest service to Akron-Canton will be June 2.

Also leaving Akron-Canton is Allegiant Air, which will pull up stakes next month and move its flights to Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

However, the Akron-Canton gained a new carrier last November when Spirit Airlines began service.

Airport President and Chief Executive Officer Rick McQueen said Southwest flights on the Atlanta route were 84 percent full on average and he hopes that the carrier might return some day.

Akron-Canton will continue to be served on the Atlanta route by Delta Air Lines.

Spirit flies from Akron-Canton to Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. On April 27, it will begin daily seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and year-round service to Las Vegas. At the same time flights to Tampa and Fort Myers will end for the season.

Aside from Spirit and Delta, Akron-Canton also has service from American Eagle and United Express.

Southwest also plans to end service in June to Dayton and begin service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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