Delta Air Lines plans to decrease system wide capacity next year, at both Delta and Northwest, due to economic recession and weaker demand for air travel.
In a letter to employees, the airline says system wide 2009 capacity will be down 6-8% year over year. Domestic capacity will be down 8-10% and international capacity will be down approximately 3-5%. These numbers include the full impact of previously announced 2008 capacity reductions.
"Even with the economic recession, we are achieving significant benefits from our merger and will continue to do so. The merger has allowed us to develop growth opportunities as we connect the networks to create new revenue streams neither airline could have achieved independently," says Delta.
The airline says it will continue to invest in and further diversify its international network in the Pacific, Africa, India and the Middle East to help mitigate the risk from specific regional economies.
"We will remain focused on, and continue to adapt to, the rapidly changing global economy to better align supply with demand."