Delta has confirmed that is it to reduce system
capacity by 10% compared to 2008. The capacity reductions will
begin in September 2009.
The airline plans to reduce its
international capacity by an additional 5% from what was announced
in March, for a 15% total reduction in international capacity.
The airline said that this fall's capacity
reductions will target routes that have experienced losses in the
current economic climate including:
- Suspending nonstop service from Atlanta to
Seoul and Shanghai. Instead Delta will route customers for these
flights over Detroit or Tokyo, or on nonstop SkyTeam partner
- Suspending nonstop flights from Cincinnati to
Frankfurt and London-Gatwick. Cincinnati customers will still be
able to reach these and many other international destinations via
Delta's other European gateways.
- Suspending nonstop service between New
York-JFK and Edinburgh.
- Reducing weekly frequencies connecting Atlanta
and Detroit to Mexico City and postponing some previously planned
seasonal service between non-hub cities and Mexican beach
destinations due to the impact of the Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) on
customers' travel plans.
The additional capacity reductions and difficult
operating environment mean the airline is again in the process of reassessing its
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