Delta Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will reduce the number of peak-day departure flights leaving the Memphis International Airport from 64 to 40, beginning December 3rd.
Delta staff will also be reduced by 312 workers. Employees are being offered retirement or relocation options. The flight attendant base in Memphis will be forced to close.
There's no word yet on what flights Delta will cut.
“This is not completely unexpected news, but it is nonetheless disappointing,” said Scott Brockman, chief operating officer for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “This is also an opportunity to bring additional low-cost air service providers to Memphis, as well as expand service with existing carriers. Southwest Airlines will soon make its debut, and Frontier Airlines has announced its return in March. That’s a good start, but we’re committed to continued, relentless pursuit of additional frequent and affordable air service.”
Earlier this year, Delta announced Memphis would no longer be a hub.