Delta announces further cuts at Memphis

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Delta Air Lines continues to shrink at Memphis International airport, with nonstop destinations dropping to just 25 in December.

The Atlanta-based carrier will discontinue service to Columbus, Louisville, Milwaukee and Nashville on 3 December, it confirms. This will result in “more than 40 peak-day departures” at the airport compared to about 64 after it officially de-hubbed the airport in September.

“Despite a series of adjustments in recent years, and as recently as this past summer, the small local traffic market continues to challenge profitability at Delta’s Memphis operation,” said Bill Lentsch, senior vice-president of airport customer service at Delta, and Tony Charaf, the carrier’s senior vice-president and chief cargo officer, in a joint statement to employees on 22 October.

The airline will also close its flight attendant base in Memphis in December, according to the memo.

The remaining 25 destinations with nonstop flights to Memphis on Delta include its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York LaGuardia, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Salt Lake City, as well as cities like Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Washington National.

Memphis has gained new service on Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines since Delta announced that it was closing its hub at the airport in June.

Dallas-based Southwest will launch six new daily flights to Baltimore-Washington, Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby, Orlando and Tampa on 3 November. However, its subsidiary AirTran Airways will discontinue its four daily flights to Atlanta the day before.

Denver-based Frontier will begin four-times weekly service to Denver from 7 March 2014.