Delta Air Lines has announced plans to stop service at 10 airports in the United States. The news is disappointing for travelers around the country who rely on some of the nation's smaller hubs. However, there are some important things to know. Delta is only pulling out of these airports temporarily as part of service reductions stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The word from Delta is that it will be resuming service at the affected airports in September at the earliest. The decision to consolidate operations across fewer hubs was made in an attempt to reduce exposure for employees and passengers while passenger volume is low.
The other key thing to know about the announcement is that Delta is pulling service at airports that are relatively close to larger hubs. That means that travelers have alternative options for flying out of their cities. Here's the list of the 10 airports Delta is leaving:
- Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York
- Stewart International Airport in Orange County, New York
- Hollywood Burbank Airport
- Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California
- Chicago Midway International Airport
- T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island
- Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
- Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California
- Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia
- Akron-Canton Airport in Summit County, Ohio
The changes all become effective on May 13. Delta is in the process of reducing its domestic flight schedule by 80 percent. The carrier's international schedule is down by 90 percent. Reports say that the average domestic flight in the United States today is carrying just 17 passengers.