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The cuts at United Airlines will not just affect those employees being laid off. It is expected that the cuts will hurt many business that rely on Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

A long line of white taxi cabs formed outside the airport’s departure gate. Hassan Shire sits in one of them. It is nearly noon and he has only had two customers. “We sit here for hours and we can see there’s not a lot of customers coming in,” said Shire.

Just a short distance from the airport is the family-run business Goody’s. “We are concerned. When there are job cuts, there is a trickle down effect,” said owner Mike Skoutas.

Across the street at the Best Western, they too depend on the airport and travelers. “Absolutely, it will affect our business,” said GM Donna Penny.

However, businesses remain hopeful another airline carrier will move in and soften the impact to the economy.

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