With Delta Cuttings Flights, Memphis Airport Employees Worry

With Delta Cuttings Flights, Memphis Airport Employees Worry

Memphis International airport employees worry about what planned flight cuts by Delta Air Lines could mean for their jobs.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis International airport employees worry about what planned flight cuts by Delta Air Lines could mean for their jobs.

Erika Lockhart loves her job.

"This is one of the best jobs I ever liked up here," she said.

Lockhart works at Hudson News in Terminal B at Memphis International Airport. From her spot behind the counter, Lockhart has a good pulse of how the airport is doing.

"It is still a little slow, but we can deal with it," she said.

She is worried though, as are other airport employees who rely on passengers to help pay their bills.

The worry increased this week when Delta Air Lines announced it was cutting its 92 daily flights to about 60 in early September.

"I was standing up waiting to see the plane come in and there is no planes taking off or leaving, you can't tell which way it might come in," said Paul Thomas, as he waited for his wife's flight from Orlando.

"It is easy to park because it is so slow," he added.

Passenger traffic has been down despite major improvements at the airport, including a $122 million parking garage and new area for car rental agencies.

Lockhart hopes the arrival of Southwest Airlines in November helps soften the blow created by Delta's cuts.

"When Southwest gets here, we will go from there, and see how everything will turn out," she said.

Southwest will initially offer nine daily flights, with plans to increase that based on demand.
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