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  • Joe Breitfeller

Delta Air Lines Will Suspend Operations in 11 U.S. Markets Starting July 8, 2020

Delta Air Lines Announced on Friday that they will suspend service to 11 U.S. markets starting July 8, 2020. The carrier made the decision in the face of reduced demand related to the global COVID-19 pandemic in order to reduce costs.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-900 - Courtesy Airbus

Yesterday (June 5, 2020), Delta Air Lines announced that they will suspend operations in 11 U.S. markets in order to reduce costs in the face of weak demand resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier’s decision was made possible by a new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) process which allows airlines to adjust service where it is ‘reasonable and practicable.’ The 11 airports where Delta is suspending operations will continue to receive service from at least one other carrier, thereby maintaining an essential minimum level of service.

In Friday’s announcement, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Domestic Operations, Sandy Gordon said,

“As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta continues to face an unprecedented impact to our business and suspending operations at theses airports will reduce costs where customer demand is low. We will move quickly to work with affected customers, whose patience we sincerely appreciate as we navigate this unprecedented time together.”

Delta to Suspend Flying to 11 U.S. Markets - Courtesy Delta

Delta Air Lines will re-accommodate affected guests whose travel plans have been impacted by the service suspensions and Delta employees at the affected stations will continue to receive compensation under the Payroll Support Program (PSP) of the U.S. Cares Act through September 30, 2020. The carrier will also suspend transborder service to Ottawa International Airport in Canada from June 21, 2020. Delta previously announced a second quarter U.S. domestic capacity reduction of 85 percent and a 90 percent reduction in international capacity. The airline has added flexibility for guests when booking tickets with a waiver of change fees through September 30, 2022, for customers who cancel travel through September 2020. Eligible customers include those who have already booked travel between now and September 20, 2020 (as of April 17, 2020) and guests who have cancelled flights between March 2020 and September 2020.

Source: Delta Air Lines