Delta Air Lines Announces Flight Cuts – Cites Shortage of Pilots

Delta Air Lines announced a new round of flight cuts in Memphis, a former Delta hub, and blamed them on the deepening shortage of airline pilots. The airline announced in 2013 that it would drop Memphis as a hub and has decreased its presence there since then.

Delta also announced it will drop three more nonstop routes from Memphis, ending service to Chicago O’Hare, Indianapolis and Raleigh/Durham. The cuts are set to begin on December 31st, according to a statement released by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that operates Memphis International.

Delta “cited a pilot staffing shortage for this reduction, and said that other markets across the nation would be affected as well,” the authority said in its statement. Delta currently flies three daily round-trip flights on the route using 50-seat regional jets.

“This is not welcome news, but it does not change our steadfast commitment to increasing air service at Memphis,” Shelby County authority CEO Scott Brockman says in the statement. “Other carriers have seen new opportunities here and added service, and we continue to meet with airlines in an effort to boost air service.”

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