Southwest Airlines leaving Akron-Canton Airport in June

CANTON, OH - Southwest Airlines will be ending service out of Akron-Canton Airport this summer.

The airport confirms that Southwest will be leaving the airport in June.

Southwest currently employs 42 people at the airport and those jobs will be impacted.

The airline released the following statement about the decision to leave:

Southwest® will cease operations in Akron-Canton at the end of our current flight schedule, on June 3, 2017. The decision to leave a community is never easy, and is never made quickly. After more than five years of serving Akron-Canton, we no longer see a local, sustainable travel demand to support our service.  We utilize our People and our Planes to serve communities and markets that align with long-term business plans. Our main focus right now is on Employees who are considering new opportunities within the company and assisting them in making those decisions.  We truly appreciate the support of Akron-Canton communities. We will have no other service changes for our Northeast Ohio Customers using CAK through June 3, 2017.

The carrier also announced plans Wednesday to begin daily service June 4 to Baltimore-Washington and Chicago Midway out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky.

Meanwhile, it will end service after June 3 at Dayton International Airport, where Southwest has daily Dayton-Chicago Midway flights.