Delta halts flights to 16 markets due to COVID-19 impact

*Company says while Delta does not want to leave any consumer without a way to get someplace, it has no choice but to be frugal in the COVID-19 environment

*Airline’s CEO remains upbeat, remarks more people are returning to the sky

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the commercial aviation industry hard worldwide, Delta Airlines suspended flight operations to 16 more cities across the United States (US), Wednesday, October 14.

ConsumerConnect gathered one of the world’s leading airlines is said to have put the aviation firm in an unlucky position of suspending more flights in more cities, and for far longer than its direct competitors in the same market.

It is recalled that earlier in 2020, Delta had announced that its planned staff reduction would impact 10-15 percent of its US flights alone.

While Delta doesn’t want to leave any consumer without a way to get someplace, it has no choice but to be frugal in the COVID-19 environment, agency report said.

The company also Wednesday announced a quarterly pre-tax loss of $2.6 billion ─ a decline of 79 percent on 63 percent lower capacity when compared to the previous year ─ and another $4.0 billion of items directly related to the impact of Coronavirus.

These include early retirement programmes for Delta’s employees, report stated.

The following are the affected cities that Delta has not set plans to return to:

  1. Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK)
  2. Aspen, Colorado (ASE)
  3. Bangor, Maine (BGR)
  4. Erie, Pennsylvania (ERI)
  5. Flint, Michigan (FNT)
  6. Fort Smith, Arkansas (FSM)
  7. Lincoln, Nebraska (LNK)
  8. Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT)
  9. New Bern, North Carolina (EWN)
  10. Newburgh/Stewart, New York (SWF)
  11. Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia (PHF)
  12. Peoria, Illinois (PIA)
  13. Santa Barbara, California (SBA)
  14. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP)
  15. Williston, North Dakota (XWA)
  16. Worcester, Massachusetts (ORH)

However, for long will these flights be suspended in the affected cites above? According to The Points Guy, Delta could resume flights to any of these 16 cities whenever it likes.

But no changes are likely for at least a month because that’s how long the airline takes to finalise its monthly schedules.

In spite of the suspensions by the airline, Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Delta, feels encouraged by what he’s seeing.

Bastian said: “While our September quarter results demonstrate the magnitude of the pandemic on our business, we have been encouraged as more customers travel and we are seeing a path of progressive improvement in our revenues, financial results and daily cash burn.

“The actions we are taking now to take care of our people, simplify our fleet, improve the customer experience, and strengthen our brand will allow Delta to accelerate into a post-COVID recovery.”

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