Delta cuts 12 routes as it de-hubs Memphis

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Delta Air Lines will continue flying to 27 cities from Memphis, when it de-hubs the former Northwest Airlines stronghold in September.

The Atlanta-based carrier will end flights to Baton Rouge, Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas, Fort Lauderdale, Jackson, Knoxville, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, St. Louis, Shreveport and Tulsa by 3 September, it says. It will operate 64 flights from Memphis at the time, which is down from 94 peak day flights currently.

Delta's remaining destinations from Memphis include its hubs and focus cities, select destinations in Florida as well as some larger business markets, including Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Kansas City.

Delta routes from Memphis, from 3 September

Seasonal flights to Cancun and Seattle will resume next year, says Delta.

The airline announced that it would phase out its Memphis hub as a result of its reducing the number of 50-seat regional jets in its feeder fleet. It anticipates having between 100 and 150 of the small jets by the end of 2015, from 305 aircraft at the end of March,

"Despite a series of adjustments in recent years, high fuel costs and the predominant use of inefficient 50-seat regional jets in a small local-traffic market have made Memphis unprofitable as a hub," said Delta executives in an employee memo on 4 June.