Delta Airline Cutbacks Won't Affect Dothan Regional Airport

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Delta Airlines is cutting back on some of its scheduled flights because of the damage to the oil refineries caused by hurricane Katrina and Rita.

There may be a small delay in larger cities that use Delta Airlines, but authorities say that doesn't seem to be a problem in Dothan.

For the past couple of months Dothan's Regional Airport has cut its daily advertised, 6 daily flights to 5.

Angela McNeal, Airport Marketing Director, said, “It was a seasonal thing and has been loaded back into the computer, and we'll start back on November 21st"

But marketing manager McNeal says it's had nothing to do with the recent rising jet fuel cost, but everything to do with cost cutting for the bankrupt airline, which is set to lay off up to 9,000 employees within two years. Still, Delta Airlines out of Atlanta is cutting back on its early morning flights, Dothan's airport isn't. It has about 40-50 passengers per flight.

We know we have a lot of people that fly out of our markets. We have no idea why they pick certain markets. Apparently Mobile is one of those cities and not only with Delta.

15 flights were cancelled with American Airlines in Dallas and Chicago. And according to the associated press, more flights, smaller jets, and restricted cash flow has caused carriers to think twice when giving the green light for flights.

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