Delta Air Lines to Pull Hub from Memphis International

Delta Air Lines to Pull Hub from Memphis International

Memphis International will no longer be a hub for Delta Air Lines, airport officials confirmed Tuesday.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis International will no longer be a hub for Delta Air Lines, airport officials confirmed Tuesday.

Airport president Larry Cox stated he was notified by phone Tuesday morning the airline would dramatically reduce flights and personnel at Memphis International.

"I'm very disappointed that Delta will continue to reduce its operations in Memphis," Cox told localmemphis.com.

An internal memo from Delta stated the airline will only continue to operate 60 of its 94 daily flights out of Memphis, and approximately 230 jobs would be eliminated as of September 3.

"Despite a series of adjustments in recent years, high fuel costs and the predominant use of inefficient 50-seat regional jets in a small local-traffic market have made Memphis unprofitable as a hub," the memo stated.

Cox noted, "We're 300 miles away from Atlanta, in other words a redundant hub, and Atlanta is a much bigger market and a much bigger airport so it's very difficult for Memphis to compete with Atlanta."

Adam Bartlett frequently flies out of Memphis International. He says fewer flights mean more headaches and fewer options.

"It does make it difficult; we're going through Atlanta right now to Colorado Springs," he said, "so a direct flight is hard to come by these days, for Memphis flyers."

While the news is a blow for Memphis International, Cox said it could be good news in the long term for bringing more low-cost carriers to the area. "The good news on this is that as Delta gets smaller it allows us to recruit other airlines coming to the Memphis market that will compete and bring in lower fares," he said.

Delta says the 230 employees that will be let go will receive furloughs or retirement packages depending on seniority.

Also, keep in mind Southwest is still scheduled to come to Memphis in November.

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