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VOL. 127 | NO. 41 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Delta Makes Amsterdam Flight Seasonal

By Bill Dries

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Delta Air Lines Inc. will end regular daily service between Memphis International Airport and Amsterdam’s Airport Schiphol starting in September.

The service that began under a Northwest KLM agreement in 1995 will return in the summer and remain on a seasonal basis after that.

Atlanta-based Delta and other global air carriers have long lamented the difficulty of maintaining trans-Atlantic service in the winter off-season for tourism as travel to and from Asian and Latin American markets continues to grow across different travel seasons.

Delta had cut the Amsterdam flights to four days a week effective last September. At the time, it was billed as a seasonal reduction even as other cutbacks were part of Delta’s strategy of making permanent cuts to its capacity.

Delta’s announcement of the changes to the Memphis-Amsterdam route followed KLM’s announcement of its summer schedule last week.

The KLM announcement made no mention of Memphis but outlined a strategy of “selective growth” in North America including Amsterdam-Atlanta service four times a day when the Atlanta airport, which is Delta’s flagship hub, opens its new international terminal in June.

The service is also being offered four times a day at Detroit and three times daily at Minneapolis and New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport for a total of 14 flights a day at the four hubs starting March 25 through the end of October.

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