Anyone who flies in/out of the Cleveland area may be interested to know that the “mayor” (I use the term loosely) has announced that the city will spend some $$ to make improvements to Hopkins (CLE) Airport, and it will embark on a “5-year Master plan”(i.e. expensive bureaucracy) to consider the future of Burke Lakefront Airport downtown. The city has often hinted around that it would like to close BKL and sell the property to developers for everything from a new convention center to casinos (voter-willing). Apparently, they would like to decide once and for all if BKL serves a valuable purpose to Cleveland’s business community, or at least what’s left of it.
In typical political fashion, there aren’t a whole lot of details yet, but here’s the interesting part: The city may possibly be lowering landing fees, and I’ve been hearing a few rumors that Continental may want to shift some more hub ops here from KEWR because of all the delays there. Rumors are only rumors, but that could definitely require a good look by CO if they do in fact lower their fees. Stay tuned, kids!!