VOL. 127 | NO. 41 | Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Delta Makes Amsterdam Flight Seasonal
By Bill Dries
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.