Data Dig: Delta’s CVG cuts and what they mean for business travelers

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

Data Dig: Delta’s CVG cuts and what they mean for business travelers

 

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Delta Air Lines is cutting or reducing the frequency of flights to more than a dozen cities from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a 13 percent cut in the number of seats year-over-year.

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Chris Wetterich

Staff reporter and columnist-Cincinnati Business Courier

 

Delta Air Lines is cutting or reducing the frequency of flights to more than a dozen cities from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a 13 percent cut in the number of seats year-over-year.

Courier examination of the tickets the airline has for sale online over the next eight months indicates the reductions may hit all at once during holiday weeks or be temporary, making the effect on business travelers negligible or requiring Delta's customers to change their travel plans even if they already bought a ticket.

Delta's peak-day departures from CVG will drop from 107 to 86, and it will fly to 36 cities. The changes are a part of Delta's switch away from fuel-inefficient 50-seat regional aircraft to larger ones and the crew and equipment changes accompanying that transition, Delta and CVG officials said. CVG is home to a greater proportion of Delta's regional jets than any of its other hubs.

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Both the airport and Delta say the cuts are not an indication that CVG's status as Delta's sixth-largest hub is in danger of going away. At its 2005 peak, Delta had 600 flights a day leaving from CVG.

"It's a very important market," Delta spokesman Anthony Black said. "It's still a hub. It's profitable. We were able to largely right size it over the past two years. It's going to continue to remain a hub."

Black noted that the number of seats to five markets – Nashville, Detroit, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco – will increase because the airline will use larger jets to reach those destinations.

So far in 2015, Delta has ended service from CVG to San Diego; New Orleans; Fort Myers, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla., and Madison, Wis., Black said.

Delta Cuts1.csv

City

Weekly flights as of March 23

Weekly flights as of July 6

Weekly flights as of Sept. 14

Weekly flights as of Nov. 2

           

Philadelphia

17

18

18

22

           

Charlotte

14

16

16

16

           

Baltimore

11

12

12

12

           

St. Louis

14

12

12

16

           

Pittsburgh

12

10

6

10

           

Madison

14

0

0

0

           

Toronto

6

6

6

13

           

Richmond, Va.

4

10

6

10

           

Kansas City

9

11

10

16

           

Milwaukee

9

12

12

16

           

Hartford, Conn.

9

10

10

16

           

Grand Rapids, Mich.

6

4

6

10

           

Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

15

12

12

16

           

Orlando

21

8

7

13

           

Minneapolis*

38

39

38

38

           

Atlanta*

48

48

48

48

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