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Sea-Tac losing only non-stop to Memphis

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
June 25, 2012 3:06 pm

Delta Air Lines is canceling the only non-stop flight between Sea-Tac Airport and its hub at Memphis.

The airline’s new schedules show that overnight flight will be shut down beginning Aug. 14.

The flight’s deletion from Delta’s schedule is part of general retrenchment at Memphis by the nation’s second-largest airline.

Delta reduced frequencies to nine cities from Memphis beginning in August and September and cancelled all flights from Memphis to three cities, Seattle, Pensacola, Fla. and Fort Smith, Ark.

Earlier this year, the airline had announced schedule cutbacks to six other cities from Memphis beginning in late summer and early fall.

Delta inherited its Memphis hub from Northwest Airlines when the two carriers merged four years ago. At the time of the merger, Delta promised it would retain all seven of the combined airlines’ seven hub airports.

Since then, however, Delta has curtailed operations primarily at two hubs, Cincinnati and Memphis.

The schedule reductions will leave Delta with about 125 daily flights from Memphis. That’s 46 percent fewer flights than the combined number of Delta and Northwest flights before the merger.

Delta is paring back its flight schedule throughout its system including several international flights from its big Atlanta hub. Delta is hoping to cut out flights with weak patronage to bolster its bottom line results.

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