Saturday, 6 June 2020

Delta cutting services from 11 stations blaming low demand.

The U.S. mega-carrier Delta Air Lines confirmed on Friday that will axe scheduled operations from 11 stations, for July 8th citing low passenger demand.  The carrier says the routes are only being suspended while the demand is so low and to help it reduced costs as it battles to mitigate the crisis due to COVID-19.

The carrier is taking advantage of new rules set down by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which allow U.S. airlines to dramatically reduce their schedules where it is ‘reasonable and practicable,’ because of the downturn in travel caused by the pandemic.  

Delta will suspend operations to the below 11 airports. All of these airports will continue to receive service from at least one other carrier after Delta suspends its operations.

Here are the 11 affected stations:

Aspen, CO (ASE)

Bangor, ME (BGR)

Erie, PA (ERI)

Flint, MI (FNT)

Fort Smith, AR (FSM)

Lincoln, NE (LNK)

New Bern/Morehead/Beaufort, NC (EWN)

Peoria, IL (PIA)

Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA (AVP)

Williston, ND (XWA)

“As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta continues to face an unprecedented impact to our business, and suspending operations at these airports will reduce costs where customer demand is low,” said Sandy Gordon, Senior Vice President – Domestic Airport Operations. “We will move quickly to work with affected customers, whose patience we sincerely appreciate as we navigate this unprecedented time together.”

Delta says it will re-accommodate those passengers with travel plans impacted by these cancellations, yet is hasn't said how,  or when they might get their money back.

The carriers staff in these locations will be provided pay protection options through to Sept. 30th, 2020, after that, if the services are not resumed they will be laid off.

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