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When airlines merge, hubs get purged. Cleveland just paid the price for the 2010 United-Continental merger, with United announcing Feb. 1 that it will reduce daily departures at Hopkins International to 72 from 200; direct service to 39 markets, including Austin, Atlanta and Buffalo, N.Y., will end by June. Cleveland was too close to Chicago to keep its hub. Losing that status will cost the city about 500 jobs. You could feel the chill all the way from Philadelphia to Phoenix, the two dangling participles in the U.S. Airways–American merger, whose future, like those of any number of other hubs, is, well, up in the air.