VOL. 126 | NO. 198 | Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Report: Delta Making More Cuts at MEM
By Bill Dries
Delta Air Lines Inc. is cutting service from Memphis International Airport to seven cities according to the airline industry website, www.airliners.net.
The website reports service from Memphis – where Delta operates one of its U.S. hubs ¬– to seven cities will be discontinued effective Jan. 4. The cities listed are Seattle; Mobile, Ala.; Baltimore, Md.; Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Wichita, Kan.; and Panama City, Fla.
The website also reports one flight a day will be cut from Memphis to Cleveland; Newark, N.J., Huntsville, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Philadelphia; and Shreveport, La.
So far, Delta officials have not responded to the report.
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president Larry Cox told The Daily News the cuts sound like seasonal cuts that could be restored again later, something that happens routinely in the cyclical air travel business.
“I think this is a seasonal cut,” he said. “They made an announcement earlier this year that they were going to be reducing flights overall to Memphis and cutting daily frequencies. It’s my understanding that they are staying within the framework that they originally announced. I don’t think we have anything definite on that.”
As part of an overall system realignment by the Atlanta-based airline, Delta permanently reduced what it considered to be excess capacity effective in late August by eliminating some regional flights at Memphis International.