Hopkins Air Travel Rose in 2016, But CAK Sank

It was a year for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to takeoff, while Akron-Canton Airport continued sinking in the Northeast Ohio air travel market.

Cleveland HopkinsPassenger statistics released last week showed that Hopkins served 8.42 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 4 percent over 2015.

Akron-Canton served 1.4 million travelers, a drop of 9.5 percent from 2015.

The two airports are flying in different directions with Cleveland steadily gaining airlines and new flights while Akron-Canton has been losing flights more often than it has gained them.

That fact will be illustrated this month when Allegiant Air begins serving Hopkins while pulling out of Akron-Canton.

The biggest blow at Akron-Canton has been the loss of flights by Southwest Airlines, which plans to cease flying to CAK this summer.

Southwest now flies three times a day between Akron-Canton and Atlanta, but starting in June two of those flights will move to Cleveland.

The only gain Akron-Canton has enjoyed in the past year is the arrival of Spirit Airlines, which also serves Cleveland.

Air traffic also increased in 2016 at airports serving Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Traffic rose by 2.2 percent at Pittsburgh International Airport to 8.3 million.

John Glenn Columbus International Airport saw traffic rise by 7.8 percent to 7.3 million.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport posted a traffic increase of 7.2 percent to 6.8 million.

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