With trans-Atlantic and other international routes continuing to perform weakly, Delta Air Lines has announced routes that the Atlanta-based carrier plans to cut from its route system early next year. The airline, as have many others, advised earlier this year that it would reduce international flying by at least two percent. From Minneapolis/St. Paul, Delta flies non-stop year-round to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Mexico City and nine Canadian cities.
Specific routes that will be eliminated include Atlanta to Shanghai, Athens, Copenhagen, Moscow, Prague and Tel Aviv. Originally, Delta planned to reduce flights to these destinations from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to seasonal service, but the decision has now been made not to resume service next summer. High fuel prices and the escalating economic uncertainty, especially in Europe, led to the change. Delta flies to 70 other international destinations from the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta.
In addition to the Atlanta cutbacks, Delta’s largest international hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will see flights eliminated to Manchester, England; Budapest, Hungary; and the German city of Berlin. New international flights will begin next summer from Detroit to Paris, as well as from Seattle to the French city, where the route that has been flown in the past by SkyTeam partner Air France will instead by operated by Delta.
The reduction in flying comes at a time that the brand new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal in Atlanta is nearing completion. The terminal is slated to open next summer. It is expected that when economics improve, Delta will again grow its service in its headquarters city and fully utilize the state-of-the-art facility.