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Delta Airlines suspending service to 10 U.S. airports

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Delta Airlines, the primary air carrier serving Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, is suspending flights to and from 10 airports around the country beginning May 13 through at least September of this year.

The airports are in markets with more than one Delta-served airport, the airline stated in a release, and the move will “allow more front-line employees to minimize COVID-19 exposure risk while customer traffic is low.”

Delta will continue providing essential service to impacted communities via neighboring airports.

Temporarily Suspended Airport Nearest Delta-Served Airport
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Oakland International Airport (OAK) San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Long Beach Airport (LGB) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) Logan International Airport (BOS)
Westchester County Airport (HPN) LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Stewart International Airport (SWF) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) Logan International Airport (BOS)
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

Delta will also temporarily suspend service to Saskatoon International Airport beginning May 13.

Stations will remain closed at least until September 2020, as Delta continues to evaluate overall network needs. Delta will re-accommodate customers whose travel is impacted because of service suspensions in these stations. Affected Delta employees will be provided pay protection options through Sept. 30, 2020.

Delta is looking at other opportunities to take similar measures in additional markets. Late last month, Delta filed a request with the U.S. Department of Transportation to consolidate operations in another nine cities served by multiple airports. That request is still under review.

“The safety of our employees and customers remains our primary focus as we navigate these challenges together,” said Sandy Gordon, senior vice president, Domestic Airport Operations. “By consolidating operations while customer traffic is low, we can allow more of our people to stay home in accordance with local health guidelines.”

Delta has announced an 85% reduction in its second quarter schedule, which include reductions of 80% in U.S. domestic capacity and 90% internationally.

Changing Travel Plans

Customers with impacted travel plans have added flexibility to change their flight. Delta has extended waived change fees and the flexibility to travel through Sept. 30, 2022, to customers with canceled travel through September 2020. Eligible customers include those who have:

  • Upcoming travel already booked between now and Sept. 30 as of April 17, 2020
  • Canceled travel from flights between March 2020 and September 2020

Customers can cancel and change their bookings on Delta.com.

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