Delta makes additional schedule changes at MEM - four nonstops to be cut, two seasonal flights added
Friday, November 21, 2014
MEMPHIS, TN – Delta Air Lines has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) of upcoming changes to its flight schedule at Memphis International Airport (MEM). Effective January 5, 2015, Delta will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In April, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Delta reports that 84 of its Memphis employees will be affected by these changes, though the airline said it will offer them positions elsewhere in the company.
Delta also confirmed that seasonal nonstop flights to Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport (LAS) will resume on March 4, 2015 and to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on June 5, 2015.
Following is a summary of Delta’s upcoming schedule changes at MEM:
- December 20: Weekly nonstop flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN) begin (until January 10)
- January 5: Ceasing nonstop service to PIT, MSY, and DFW
- February 13: Second daily nonstop flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) begins
- February 14: Weekly nonstop flights to CUN resume until August 14.
- March 3: Seasonal nonstop flights to LAS begin
- April 2015: Ceasing nonstop service to DCA
- June 5: Season nonstop flights to SLC begin
American Airlines will continue to offer nonstop service to DFW and DCA. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop service to Baltimore Washington International (BWI).
Scott Brockman, President and CEO of MSCAA, said, “We are disappointed with Delta’s reduction of nonstop flights. At the same time, these cuts provide opportunities for other airlines to fill the gaps and provide air service to our passengers. We continue to highlight these opportunities to airlines as we relentlessly pursue additional air service for our passengers.”
Since Delta ceased hub operations at MEM, all other carriers have expanded service, adding a total of 22 flights. To further its air service development program, MSCAA is expected to announce the hiring of a new Senior Manager of Air Service Research and Development by the end of the year. This new position will be responsible for serving as a liaison between the Airport Authority, airlines and the local community, helping to match the needs of the flying public with new and expanded air service at MEM.