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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.

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.

Youngstown-Warren Airport Optimistic About Landing New Air Service to Replace Allegiant

December 16, 2017

Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport officials are talking with four airlines about serving the airport, which is poised to lose commercial service next month.

Allegiant plans to end its flights to Youngstown on Jan. 4. Among the carriers that airport officials are meeting with are Sun Country, SkyWest and Southern Airways Express.

Southern has proposed launching routes from Youngstown to Detroit and Baltimore using nine-seat Cessna Caravans 208B turboprop planes.

A public hearing was held earlier this month at the airport to gauge the public interest in the service that Southern has suggested providing.

Founded four years ago, Southern provides service between Pittsburgh and smaller communities in western Pennsylvania, including Altoona and Franklin.

The airline’s chief commercial officer, Mark Cestari, said the carrier is working to form interline agreements with major airlines to boost the attractiveness of its potential service from Youngstown.

Dan Dickten, director of aviation for the Western Reserve Port Authority, which runs the airport, plans to meet with SkyWest Airlines in January to discuss service to Chicago.

SkyWest operates flights under the United Express brand, which feeds passengers to United Airlines.

Youngstown had flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for a short time in summer 2016 that were provided by Aerodynamics Inc.

Airport officials blamed a lack of an interline agreement to access United’s baggage handling and ticketing network for the failure of ADI’s service.

Dickten said SkyWest wants a revenue guarantee for the flights. The port authority has $500,000 that it could pay to SkyWest.

Dickten has also talked with Sun Country. “They are another ultra-low-cost carrier” that flies many of the same routes as Allegiant, he said.

Youngstown airport officials have also contacted Ultimate Jetcharters, which is based in North Canton and flies 30-passenger aircraft.

Ultimate provides scheduled service from Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport to Cincinnati and Atlanta.

Dickten said discussions with various carriers have turned serious and he expects to see scheduled air service within the next six to eight months from Youngstown.

Allegiant currently offers flights twice weekly from Youngstown to Orlando Sanford and St.  Petersburg/Clearwater airports in Florida. It has cited low demand as its reasons for leaving the Youngstown market.

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.

Frontier Announces 4 New Destinations From Cleveland; Ultimate Eyes Burke-New York Route

February 1, 2016

Frontier Airlines will add four new destinations from Cleveland on April 14-15 while public charter operator Ultimate Air Shuttle is planning to launch service between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and New York.

The new destinations from Cleveland for Frontier are Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Frontier AirlinesAll but Portland are currently served by existing carriers offering non-stop service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Continental Airlines once linked Cleveland and Portland, and United had seasonal service between the two cities until it downgraded its hub operations in Cleveland in 2014.

Frontier’s flights to Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Flights to Los Angeles also will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Service to San Francisco and Philadelphia will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Frontier said it would also restore in April flights from Cleveland to Atlanta, Denver, Raleigh-Durham, Seattle and Phoenix. The service to Phoenix will operate all year.

The re-entry to the Phoenix market by Frontier appears timed to coincide with plans by American Airlines to drop its Cleveland-Phoenix flights that month. Southwest Airlines also flies non-stop between Cleveland and Phoenix.

The expansion by Frontier will give it 14 non-stop destinations from Cleveland, the second most behind the 18 served by United.

Both United and Spirit airlines currently fly between Cleveland and Los Angeles. United also flies nonstop to San Francisco. American has Cleveland’s only nonstop flight to Philadelphia.

Frontier has added and dropped several destinations from Cleveland since entering the market several years ago.

Among the destinations Frontier has served and then discontinued are Dallas, New York, Chicago and Washington.

Frontier currently flies from Cleveland to Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers in Florida; Las Vegas; and Cancun, Mexico.

An ultra low-cost airline, Frontier flights offer low fares but also minimal legroom and numerous add-on fees.

Founded in 1994 and based in Denver, Frontier once offered flights between Denver and Akron-Canton Airport. It has a fleet of 101 Airbus jets.

Ultimate air shuttleIn the meantime, Ultimate Air Shuttle is eyeing adding service between Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Morristown, New Jersey, which is part of the New York City metropolitan area.

Ultimate, which is based in North Canton, flies public charter flights Monday through Friday between Burke and Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport that are designed to appeal to business travelers.

The carrier recently offered a demonstration flight to a dozen passengers, including select news media members.

Flights would take about an hour and may begin this spring. Passengers bound for Manhattan would ride a shuttle bus that would cost extra.

Ultimate officials have said they also are studying providing public charter service between Burke and Chicago.

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.