Delta Suspended CAK Service Earlier Than Planned

Delta Airlines suspended service to Akron-Canton Airport ahead of schedule this week.

The carrier had announced a suspension of its service through September between CAK and Atlanta after the last flight departed on Thursday morning.

However, the service suspension effectively began after the last flight arrived on Monday and departed on Tuesday. Flights scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday were canceled.

That leaves service from Akron-Canton to three airports, Chicago O’Hare, served by United Express, and Philadelphia and Charlotte, served by American Eagle.

Service to Akron-Canton has settled into a pattern of three flights a day all of which arrive in the evening between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and depart the next morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Delta successfully persuaded the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow it to suspend its Akron-Canton service on the basis that the CAK market is close enough to Cleveland to still be considered as being served.

The federal CARES Act that granted emergency aid to airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic requires carriers to continue to serve all of the markets they served at the time the pandemic began.

Service to Cleveland Hopkins Airport also remains at far reduced levels.

Most of the service from Cleveland is once or twice a day to connecting hubs in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver and Charlotte.

Service to New York area airports remains suspended as does service to Reagan Washington National Airport although some flights are being flown to Washington Dulles Airport.

Aside from Denver, service from Cleveland to the West remains suspended.

A handful of flights continue to operate between Cleveland and airports in Florida, most notably Orlando and Tampa.

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