Delta to minimize domestic flights until at least September

In an effort to match demand with supply and improve safety on board of its flights, Delta announced to minimize its US domestic flights. As a result, the American airline will stop serving a number of US airports. Delta’s stations at these airports close down from May 13th onwards until at least September 2020.

Domestic network

As many companies, Delta is concerned about the health and safety of both its employees and customers. Therefore, the airline has implemented several measures to improve safety. For instance by using a special method to clean the aircraft cabin (electrostatic sprayers).

Delta uses a special method (electrostatic sprayers) to clean the cabin of its aircraft (Image source: Delta)

Recently, the airline decided to significantly decrease the destinations in its domestic network. Most probably mainly due to a drop in demand. However, the airline claims that the safety of both travellers and employees was also an important consideration. Consequently, up to ten airports in the US will not be served by Delta in the coming period. This period starts on May 13th and may last at least until September 2020.

Delta will also temporarily suspend service to Saskatoon International Airport in Canada, also beginning May 13. The airline reduced capacity by 80 percent in the US and even 90 percent internationally.

Temporarily Suspended Airport Nearest Delta-Served Airport 
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Oakland International Airport (OAK)San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
T. F. Green International Airport (PVD)Logan International Airport (BOS)
Westchester County Airport (HPN)LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Stewart International Airport (SWF)John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)Logan International Airport (BOS)
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
Impacted airports by Delta’s new domestic schedule (Source: Delta)
Delta Airbus A330-300 (Source: Delta)

Impacted travellers

Delta ensures that travellers who are impacted by the new domestic network will be rebooked. Its current approach still keeps neighbouring airports available. However, even more airports are ‘under review’ (9). Which certainly means that more cities will be scrapped from the schedule in the near future.

Impacted travellers will be contacted by Delta. Or may do so themselves, for instance through the customer service website.

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  1. KK says

    For SWF, the closest by distance is LGA followed by JFK, but schedulewise, it takes less time to EWR by avoiding New York City’s traffic.

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