GREEN, Ohio-- Major changes are coming to the Akron-Canton Airport that will impact both employees and passengers.
On Thursday, CAK Senior Vice President Kristie Van Auken confirmed that Southwest Airlines is cancelling some direct flights beginning in the fall of 2015.
The announcement comes a year after Southwest first started flying to some of the locations from CAK.
The non-stops being dropped by Southwest include: New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Denver; which is being moved to Cleveland Hopkins International.
However Southwest is adding a new daily flight to Las Vegas.
“We found out about the changes just recently, “said Van Auken, “And it’s very disappointing whenever you see a reduction in airline service. However, we’re excited about the new service to Las Vegas.”
Additional destinations will also begin at CAK.
Next week Allegiant Air will begin offering new non-stop flights to St. Petersburg, FL, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah/Hilton Head, GA.
“And what’s cool about Allegiant is they book full vacations,” said Van Auken, “Your hotel, rental car everything you need right here at a great fair at Southwest.com.”
Southwest Airlines hasn’t commented publically on the news or announced any layoffs at CAK, and Van Auken said, they do not anticipate a reduction in force at the airport due to the changes, but they won’t be hiring new people in the near term.
1.5 million people use CAK every year. Van Auken says, although that number may drop, the airport is already hoping to replace some of the lost routes so that they can continue to serve the region in a way it deserves.