Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ultimate Air Shuttle plans new service from Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL) to Atlanta this spring

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ultimate Air Shuttle, which today launched service to its second destination from Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport, will add a third city this spring - Atlanta.

Instead of flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - the world's busiest - Ultimate will use much smaller DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, about 10 miles south of downtown.

Rick Pawlak, managing director of the carrier, said he couldn't announce the starting date of the route, its flight times or fares, until the U.S. Department of Transportation gives final approval, probably later this month.

The flight will likely depart early in the day from Burke, fly to Cincinnati's Lunken Airport, where it will drop off and pick up passengers, and then continue onto Atlanta. It will do the reverse late in the day.

"We only plan on being on the ground for 15 minutes in Cincinnati," said Pawlak.

The new route will be the third from Cleveland for Ultimate Air, a division of North Canton-based Ultimate JetCharters. Licensed as a charter service, Ultimate Air operates like a traditional airline, with a regular schedule and tickets that can be purchased by the public.

The carrier started service from Cleveland in October 2015, with 45-minute flights to Cincinnati. The second destination - to Morristown, New York, just outside New York City - launched this morning, with a 10:15 a.m. departure from Burke.

The carrier owns nine airplanes, including eight 30-seat Dornier 328 jets and a one 30-seat Embraer 135 jet.

When it launched from Cleveland in late 2015, Ultimate Air was the first scheduled passenger service from Burke in nearly a decade. In its first year of operation, the carrier served 15,670 passengers to and from Cleveland, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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