Air traffic has been significantly low due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing airlines to adapt their policies and significantly reduce the number of flights they operate. As part of its 85 percent reduction in its second quarter schedule, Delta is temporarily suspending service at 10 stations across the country beginning Wednesday, May 13.
From Chicago Midway International Airport to Long Beach Airport, the airports Delta will stop flying to are located in metro areas where that have other Delta-served airports —meaning impacted customers in those areas can still fly Delta.
“The safety of our employees and customers remains our primary focus as we navigate these challenges together,” Delta senior vice president of domestic airport operations Sandy Gordon said in a statement. “By consolidating operations while customer traffic is low, we can allow more of our people to stay home in accordance with local health guidelines.”
The list of airports temporarily suspended includes:
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
T. F. Green International Airport (PVD)
Westchester County Airport (HPN)
Stewart International Airport (SWF)
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
Delta will also be suspending service to Saskatoon International Airport in Canada.
The stations will remained closed at least until September 2020.
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Delta will accommodate customers affected by the suspension by extending waived changed fees for up to two years, giving customers the ability to reschedule canceled flights until September 30, 2022. It will also provide pay protection options through September 30, 2020 to impacted Delta employees.
Even as cities begin to reopen, the list of Delta's temporarily suspended airports might grow longer. Last month, it filed a request with the U.S. Department of Transportation to consolidate operation in nine other cities with multiple airports.
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