Delta Air Lines cuts Evansville-Memphis route from September 1, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009, 6:03 by Aviation Correspondent

Following the merger, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the two United States-based carriers, have decided to stop flying between Evansville Regional Airport in Indiana and Memphis Airport in Tennessee from September 1, 2009.  However, Evansville Regional Airport will get a second flight to Detroit daily after the Evansville-Memphis service goes, the local media reported.

In a press release, Dianna Kissel, marketing director of Evansville Regional Airport in Indiana, explained that Delta Air Lines is “getting rid of some overlap – and one of them is Memphis.”

As a result, Evansville Regional Airport is losing the flights to Memphis, but Delta will be focusing on their traffic to cities such as Detroit, Cincinnati and Atlanta, Dianna Kissel added.

A statement from Delta Air Lines says that, beginning July 28, 2009, passengers flying with Delta Air Lines or Northwest Airlines should check in at Delta’s ticket counter.

New signs, the airline adds, will help direct passengers to the correct gate, and Delta’s employees will give them directions as and when the changes are made.

Both airlines said they will contact those passengers who have already booked flight through Memphis after September 1, 2009, and will inform them of the changed schedule.

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines has declared a double-digit revenue loss in the second quarter of 2009, though the loss is down to $257 million compared to a $1.1 billion loss, in 2008.