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Ultimate Air Resumes Cleveland Flights

May 10, 2021

Northeast Ohio-based Ultimate Air Shuttle has resumed flights between Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland and Cincinnati Lunken Airport.

The carrier, which is based at Akron-Canton Airport resumed flying the route last month after suspending service in mid 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimate operates as an air charter carrier offering public charters.

In other airline news, Spirit Airlines has begun a route between Akron-Canton Airport and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The flights do not operate every day. Spirit also links CAK and Orlando and has winter and spring seasonal service to Tampa and Fort Myers.

At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Frontier Airlines plans to start flying to Atlanta on June 11.

The quad-weekly flights will have plenty of competition as the route is also served by Delta, Southwest and Spirit airlines.

Frontier is currently flying from Cleveland to Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, Miami and Sarasota in Florida, plus Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Cancun.

Elsewhere in Ohio, airlines continue to resume flights suspended during the pandemic.

John Glenn Columbus airport has regained flights on American Eagle to New York LaGuardia Airport and to Boston on Delta Connection.

Spirit will begin service in early June from Columbus to Los Angeles and Pensacola, Florida, while Southwest Airlines will begin service to Myrtle Beach on June 6.

Cleveland Hopkins Airport Director Robert Kennedy said the airport is at 50 percent of the passenger traffic it had in 2019 but expressed optimism that summer travel will boost business.

Hopkins expects to handle between 5.2 million to 5.9 million passengers this year, well below the 10.5 million projected at the beginning of 2020, but better than the 4 million handled last year.

Akron-Canton Airport handled nearly 10,000 passengers during March, a 63 percent drop compared with March 2019, but well better than the 85.3 percent decline in June 2020 compared with June 2019.

Air Service Ticking up at Akron-Canton Airport

July 8, 2020

Two airlines serving Akron-Canton Airport added additional service this week to their existing routes.

American Eagle is ramping up service to Charlotte to as many as four roundtrips a day and adding another flight to Philadelphia.

United Express added a roundtrip to Chicago O’Hare.

Both carriers had been operating just one roundtrip a day to those destinations for the past several weeks.

Spirit Airlines has boosted its service to Orlando to daily from three times a week.

Airport officials say service is expected to increase further in August when American Eagle resumes serving Chicago O’Hare, New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan airports.

Delta Airlines and its commuter brand Delta Connection are not expected to resume flying between Akron-Canton and Atlanta until March 2021.

Suspended service by United Express to Houston is slated to return in October and Spirit is expected to resume seasonal service to Tampa and Fort Myers in November.

United Express is projecting launching service to Washington Dulles Airport in August.

Airport CEO Ren Camacho said daily air travel through CAK had dropped to as low as 100 passengers a day compared to the normal 2,000 a day during the depths of the pandemic.

Air travel has been picking up although it is still well below normal summer levels.

Camacho said much of the increase in travel has been leisure travelers with business travel not having picked up as much.

In an unrelated development, Ultimate Air Shuttle plans to resume its service between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Cincinnati Lunken Airport on July 20.

The 42-minute public charter flights operate twice daily on weekdays. It is the only scheduled commercial service at Burke.

The Cleveland-Cincinnati route is the first one bring brought by Ultimate, which is a division of Ultimate JetCharters in North Canton.

Air Service to New York Suspended

April 15, 2020

Airline service between Northeast Ohio and New York City has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All three carriers flying between Cleveland and New York’s three major airports, American, Delta and United, have dropped that service temporarily.

On a normal day the three carriers operate more than 20 flights a day.

Service also has been suspended between Akron-Canton Airport and New York.

American had flown once day between CAK and LaGuardia and United had flown to Newark Liberty International Airport.

However, United had planned to shift its Newark flights from Akron-Canton to Washington Dulles Airport in May.

Travelers can still fly to New York, but will need to make a connection en route.

United has indicated it will resume service between Cleveland and Newark in May while Delta plans to restore service to LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in early June.

American plans to restart flights between Cleveland and LaGuardia in early June.

At the same time American plans to resume service between Cleveland and Reagan Washington National Airport that has been suspended during the pandemic.

In a related development, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Northeast Ohio airports will receive emergency aid from the CARES Act.

Hopkins Airport is to receive $46.3 million while Akron-Canton Airport will get $7.6 million.

Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport will receive $157,000.

Other northern Ohio airports and the aid they receive include Akron Fulton Airport, $69,000; Erie-Ottawa Airport, $69,000; Lorain County Airport, $69,000; Kent State University Airport, $30,000; Portage County Airport, $30,000’ and Put-in-Bay Airport, $20,000.

In the meantime Hopkins Airport is allowing passengers to park in all of its parking facilities for free. It is unclear how long the free parking will last.

Frontier Slashing Flights to Cleveland

April 3, 2020

Airline service cuts continue to be rolled out at Northeast Ohio airports.

Frontier Airlines this month will cut 90 percent of its flight schedule which will temporary end service from Cleveland Hopkins Airport to all points except Orlando.

The carrier hopes to restore some of the suspended service in May including service to Denver and the Florida cities of Tampa and Fort Myers.

In a statement Frontier said its hopes that May service is 35 percent of normal.

Frontier is the fifth largest airline serving Hopkins and handled 1.2 million passengers there last year.

It has flown from Cleveland to 21 destinations in recent years although that includes seasonal service and routes that have been dropped.

United Airlines temporarily has suspended service from Cleveland to Los Angeles, Delta has dropped flights to Salt Lake City and Air Canada has suspended flights to Toronto.

Ultimate Air Shuttle said it will suspend flights between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Cincinnati.

Although no new service cuts have been announced by airlines serving Akron-Canton Airport the airlines flying there continue to cancel flights on day-to-day basis.

That has particularly been the case with service between CAK and Atlanta and Chicago.

On Thursday just one of the three flights operated from Atlanta while just two of the five flights scheduled from Chicago O’Hare Airport were flown.

The Transportation Security Administration said this week that on March 29 it screened 180,002 passengers at airports in the United States, the lowest number in 10 years.

“Exactly one year earlier, 2,510,294 people were screened at checkpoints across the nation,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein wrote on Twitter.

United Airlines and the contract carriers that fly under the United Express brand have been storing idled jets at Hopkins Airport.

The carrier expects to store 400 jets at its hub airports and those at which it has maintenance bases, including Cleveland.

WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland reported that its AirTracker 5 helicopter flew over Hopkins recently and saw dozens of planes parked there.

Air traffic controllers said there had been four aircraft takeoffs in the previous hour.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has suggested that state residents limit travel as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“I’ve been very clear. I don’t think passengers should be flying,” DeWine said last week.

However, he did say that does not apply to air cargo.

“We still need freight. We have to have freight coming in. A lot of things come in, in regard to medical supplies,” DeWine said.

The recently approved Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act allocated $50 billion in loans and grants for airlines in return for their agreeing not to furlough employees for the next six months and maintain service to the cities they currently serve.

Although federal law requires airlines to refund money paid for canceled reservations some airlines have been trying to evade that by offering enticements to passengers to credit their paid fares toward a future flight.

OneJet Buys Ultimate JetCharters

May 5, 2018

OneJet has acquired Ultimate JetCharters, a North Canton-based company that owns Ultimate Air Shuttle.

The latter operates a scheduled public charter service between Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland and Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport.

The sale may mean an increase in flights out of Cleveland.

OneJet is based in Pittsburgh and has public flights similar to those of Ultimate Air Shuttle that serve Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; and Hartford, Connecticut.

For now, Ultimate Air, and Ultimate JetCharters will continue to operate under their current names.

Rick Pawlak, managing director at Ultimate Air Shuttle, said additional flights to Cleveland could begin later this year.

He said the company has hired 12 new employees, including four additional flight crews.

“We are going to go in expansion mode very soon from Cleveland and from Cincinnati,” he said.

Ultimate Air Shuttle has operated from Cleveland since late 2015.

Pawlak said by late this year the merged company will have a fleet of 25 planes.

Ultimate Ends Burke-NYC Flights

March 4, 2017

Ultimate Air Shuttle cited low traffic for suspending its flights between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and New York City six weeks after they began.

Ultimate air shuttleThe carrier based in North Canton said it would instead launch service from Burke to Atlanta on March 20. Those flights will have an intermediate stop in Cincinnati.

Ultimate had flown to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Atlanta service is slated to use DeKalb-Peachtree Airport rather than Hartsfield International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.

Rick Pawlak, Ultimate Air’s managing director, said the carrier expects to resume Burke-New York service but did not give a timeline for that to happen.

Ultimate Air Shuttle Begins Burke-NYC Service

January 20, 2017

Ultimate Air Shuttle began service this week between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and the New York City Area.

Ultimate air shuttleThe flights depart Burke at 10:45 a.m. and arrive at 9:42 a.m. The service is via an airport in Morristown, New Jersey.

The carrier said it will also plans to begin service between Burke and Atlanta although it has not yet announced a start-up date.

Flights to Atlanta will involve an intermediate stop in Cincinnati, and land at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, located 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Rick Pawlak, managing director of the Ultimate, said the service is pending approval of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ultimate began service between Burke and Cincinnati Lunken Airport in October 2015. It was the first scheduled air service from Burke in nearly 10 years.

Flights are operated with Ultimate’s fleet of 30-seat Dornier 328 jets and a 30-seat Embraer 135 jet.

Ultimate To Begin Burke-NYC Route in 2017

October 22, 2016

Ultimate Air Shuttle plans to begin scheduled service between Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland and the New York City region in early 2017.

Ultimate air shuttleNo date has been set for service to begin, but Rick Pawlak, managing director of the airline, said the company hopes to launch the flights by early March.

Ultimate will fly from Burke to Morristown (New Jersey) Municipal Airport, located about 27 miles from Manhattan. Fares are projected to be between $600 and $650.

“We’ve canvassed the business community. We know the demand is there,” Pawlak said.

The charter carrier is also looking at launching a route from Burke to Chicago’s Midway Airport next year.

Although Ultimate had hoped to start service from Cleveland to New York and Chicago this year, it has been unable to do so due to a lack of aircraft.

Ultimate Air Shuttle, a division of Ultimate JetCharters in North Canton, owns eight 30-seat Dornier 328 jets and one 30-seat Embraer 135 jet. It is hoping to acquire another Embraer jet for its fleet in 2017.

Ultimate began weekday service between Burke and Cincinnati Lunken Airport in October 2015.

Departing Burke for Cincinnati at 8:10 a.m. and 6:20 p.m., the fares on the route are $379 roundtrip.

U.S. Department of Transportation figures show that 4,359 passengers flew out of Burke during the first six months of 2016, including 3,861 on Ultimate Air. During the first six months in 2015, just 724 passengers departed from Burke.

Pawlak described the Cleveland-to-Cincinnati route as performing well. “We’re ready for the next step in our growth,” he said.

Burke Lakefront Airport to Get Scheduled Flights

October 13, 2015

Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland will gain commercial air service on Oct. 26 when Ultimate Air Shuttle begins twice-a-day scheduled charter flights to Cincinnati.

The flights will use 30-seat Dornier 328 jets that will depart at 8:10 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on weekdays for Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport. Return flights will depart Cincinnati at 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

The flying time will be 45 minutes. Cincinnati’s primary airport is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is located across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Ultimate plans to charge $379 round-trip ($199 one way) and is offering a buy-one-flight, get-one-free offer for travel through December 22.

Ultimate Air Shuttle is a division of Ultimate Jet Charters, which is based at Akron-Canton Airport.

Founded in 1984, the company’s primary charter customers have been casinos, corporations, entertainment industry professionals and collegiate sports teams.

Ultimate Air Shuttle maintains an operating hub at Lunken airport, flying from there to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago’s Midway Airport.

Rick Pawlak, managing director of Ultimate Air Shuttle, said his company expects in time to add other destinations from Cleveland.

Burke last hosted scheduled charter service in 2007-2008 operated by Destination One, which operated to Detroit, Cincinnati and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Midway Airlines briefly operated between Burke and Chicago Midway in 1979.

Wright Airlines flew out of Burke starting in 1966 to Detroit, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati; Syracuse, New York; and Elkins and Clarksburg, West Virginia.