How important are airports to economic performance? Ask Cincinnati, the city suffering a blow when Delta dramatically diminished its presence, curbing access to markets for business travelers. Thus, the good news in the Akron-Canton Airport continuing its record-breaking ways, the airport reporting last week that by the end of November, more passengers than ever had passed through its gates.
Driving the achievement this year has been the arrival of Southwest Airlines, following its purchase of AirTran, long the airport’s busiest carrier. New destinations have opened, Akron-Canton complementing Cleveland Hopkins to the north, more than anything else, Northeast Ohio needing both to stay well connected.