Friday, June 26, 2009

Au Revoir, Delta

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Bad news: Cancel your winter ski trip to Utah. Good news: Go ahead and book that ticket to Sundance! The Arcata-to-Salt Lake City route has kinda sorta survived, for now

Press release from the county airport:

    DELTA AIRLINES SERVICE TO HUMBOLDT COUNTY BARELY SURVIVES NATIONWIDE CUTBACK

   Delta Airlines recently announced that a slow economy nationwide has affected Delta, forcing them to reduce its entire domestic capacity by 10% and international by 15%. As part of this cutback many smaller markets are losing flight service.

   As part of this nationwide cutback, Delta announced that it will suspend service to the Arcata-Eureka airport for the fall and winter months.  Arcata is one of the smaller markets in which Delta chose to keep a foothold by becoming a seasonal (summer) market.   Delta expects to resume service to the Arcata-Eureka Airport in June 2010.

   "While we are disappointed that our service is being reduced, we recognize the extreme economic pressure being faced by Delta and other airlines," said Jacquelyn Hulsey, Airports Manager.  "We are confident that the continuing growth of airport usage, coupled with a recovering economy, will eventually lead to the return of year-round service"

   Beginning September 1, 2009, Delta will suspend daily service in Humboldt County

Delta Airlines will contact people who have booked flights beyond August 31, 2009 to accommodate them on another air carrier at no additional expense.

      Delta Airlines began service from ACV on June 5, 2008. After the summer/fall months, the market did not meet Delta's expectations of load factor and profitability. The current economic situation doesn't allow for remaining in a slow market.

      "We started this service in a time of record high fuel prices.  This period was followed by the worst economic conditions in decades," said Virginia Fisher of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission.  "Nevertheless, we showed a good level of support for the service.  Delta has acknowledged this support and we look forward to continuing to work with them with the goal of a full resumption of service."

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