AIR TRAVEL

CAK passenger count

decreases during April

Akron-Canton Airport's passenger traffic decreased 7 percent last month from the same period a year ago, the airport reported Wednesday.

Delta Air Lines' passenger load at CAK dropped 55 percent from last April following a 44 percent decrease in capacity, an airline spokeswoman said. United Express passengers increased 19 percent.

For the year, total takeoffs and landings are down 3.4 percent and passenger numbers are down 11.4 percent.

Allegiant starts route

from CLE to Nashville

Allegiant is launching service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Nashville, Tenn.

The new seasonal service will operate twice weekly. To celebrate, the company is offering introductory round-trip fares on the new route as low as $44 each way.

Allegiant now serves 15 cities from Cleveland.

“We are thrilled about the start of Allegiant’s new service that connects the city of Rock and Roll with Music City,” airport Director Robert Kennedy said in a prepared statement. “Both destinations offer a rich musical culture and history for people of all ages to enjoy.”

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 12,385 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in April. This is the fourth highest monthly total in state history behind March 2019, April 2018, and March 2017, respectively.

STATE ECONOMY

New business filings

near 50,000 for year

April was the state's fourth best month for new business filings since the state began publishing the total, the Ohio Secretary of State's Office said in a news release Thursday.

A total of 12,385 new entities filed to do business last month, among nearly 50,000 to set up shop in Ohio this year.

MEDIA

Gannett shareholders

block board overthrow

Shareholders of USA Today owner Gannett have rebuffed an attempt to overthrow its board.

Gannett, which also owns dozens of other newspapers, says its slate of eight directors had beaten opposing candidates nominated by a media group vying to revive its previously rejected takeover bid for Gannett.

The results were based on a preliminary count of a vote held Thursday at Gannett's annual meeting.

MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, had been angling to install directors that would support its offer to buy Gannett for $12 per share, or $1.36 billion. Gannett's board rejected that bid as inadequate in early February, when the company's stock was trading around $11.