As a result of slow demand, Delta Air Lines, on June 8, suspended service to an additional 11 US markets. While the announced markets are relatively smaller, this will still cause headaches for some travelers, especially those who want to then connect through larger cities.
The 11 airports no longer being serviced by Delta at this time are as follows:
- Aspen, Colorado
- Bangor, Maine
- Erie, Pennsylvania
- Flint, Michigan
- Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Lincoln, Nebraska
- New Bern/Morehead/Beaufort, North Carolina
- Peoria, Illinois
- Santa Barbara, California
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
- Williston, North Dakota
In addition to these 11 stations, on June 21, the airline will stop offering service to Ottawa, Canada. In the case of Ottawa, the airline is suspending service indefinitely - the service suspension at the 11 US stations is only temporary.
If you are affected by the suspension of flights, you can change your ticket without a fee or apply for a refund.
Airlines all over the US and world have cut service drastically as a response to lackluster travel demand amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Delta, for its part, announced an 85 percent reduction for its second quarter schedule. International capacity has been slashed by 90 percent while domestic capacity has been reduced by 80 percent.
If you want to fly on an airline that takes social distancing seriously, Delta is a good choice. The carrier has announced a seat capping initiative. The First Class area is capped at 50 percent capacity, while Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, and Delta Premium Select are capped at 60 percent. Delta One is capped at 75 percent. Delta is also blocking middle seats and even some aisle seats where it offers a 2-2 setup. The initiative will run through at least September 30.