Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cleveland Hopkins nonstop to Austin launches this morning

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- New nonstop service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Austin, Texas, begins this morning with a flight leaving Cleveland at 8:40 a.m.

The flight is scheduled to arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 10:50 a.m. The returning flight departs Austin at 2 p.m. and arrives in Cleveland at 5:55 p.m.

"With this new service, we will be connecting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Live Music Capital of World," Airport Director Ricky Smith said in a statement.

Scheduled flight information on the airport's web site shows the Austin nonstop leaving Cleveland on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The new service will operate with United's 50-seat CRJ-700 aircraft.

Evan Koppel, United's regional sales director, said the new service "will connect Cleveland travelers to one of the Southwest region's most vibrant cultural and economic centers," as well as bring Austin travelers to a United hub with over 60 nonstop destinations.

United and United Express operate about 175 daily flights out of Cleveland Hopkins, about 75 percent of the airport's daily outbound flights. Before the 2010 merger of United and Continental, the two airlines flew a combined 210 flights out of Cleveland.

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