WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL.N) said on Friday that it will shut down the service to 10 US airports where it operates a nearby airport until at least September in the middle of the massive travel waste due to the coronavirus outbreak.
FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Line’s passenger plane is seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow down the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage
Delta stops flights to Chicago Midway; Oakland International Airport; Hollywood Burbank; Long beach; Providence, R.I., Westchester County Airport; Stewart International; Akron-Canton, Ohio; Manchester, N.H. and Newport News / Williamsburg until at least September.
Delta lowers flights by 85% in the second quarter and seeks permission from US regulators to cancel flights to nine other cities that can be served by other airports, including three Michigan cities.
Delta says between April 1 and April 22 that only one to 14 passengers daily flew on the airline’s plane each way from the nine airports.
“By consolidating operations while customer traffic is low, we can allow more of our people to stay at home in accordance with local health guidelines,” assists Sandy Gordon, Delta’s senior vice president of domestic airport operations.
Delta’s cuts in the second quarter include a reduction of 80% of domestic capacity in the United States and 90% internationally.
In the past two weeks, US demand for the industry’s air travel has risen from record lows, but is still down about 94% compared to last year.
Earlier this week, the US Department of Transportation said that JetBlue Airways Corp and Spirit Airlines Co. may stop some flights through September 30.
JetBlue can stop flights to 16 major US cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Las Vegas, while Spirit can stop flights to six airports including Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle.
American airlines cut costs, cancel flights, park aircraft and fight to stay afloat. As a condition of receiving federal grants, they must continue with most existing routes unless they receive special approval from US regulators.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese and Diane Craft