MIAMI — Delta Air Lines will discontinue service to Chicago, Indianapolis, and Raleigh/Durham from Memphis. Additionally, it will now only operate flights between Memphis and Orlando on Saturdays.
The carrier has not said when it plans to end flights to Indianapolis and Raleigh/Durham from MEM , but it will stop flying to Chicago O’Hare from Memphis on December 31, 2014.
Once the cuts are in full affect, passengers flying on Delta will only be able to fly to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York LaGuardia, and Orlando (Saturday-only service) from Memphis nonstop. The carrier will offer nonstop seasonal service to Cancun, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City.
Delta says the cuts are due to a pilot staffing shortage; the carrier also says that other markets across the country are also being affected by the shortage as well.
Almost all of the flights that have been cut from Memphis’ route network, including the latest cuts, have been operated by 50 seat CRJ-200 and ERJ-145 aircraft. Currently, the airline is in the middle of retiring these uneconomical 50 seaters in favor for larger regional aircraft.
The Airline Will End Memphis Service to the Following Cities on the Following Dates:
- Chicago O’Hare-December 31, 2014
- Dallas/Ft. Worth-January 5, 2015
- Indianapolis-Date has not been set yet
- New Orleans-January 5, 2015
- Pittsburgh-January 5, 2015
- Washington National-April 6, 2015
Meanwhile, there are other air service changes occurring in Memphis. Frontier Airlines will stop flying between Memphis and Dallas/Ft. Worth. The ULCC plans to cut this route on January 5, 2015.
Although this is not good news for Memphis, the airport is still working on modernizing and consolidating its airport operations.