July 12, 2010
Delta Airlines is canceling flights from Charlottesville to Detroit.
CHO officials announced Monday that Delta is canceling those flights beginning Aug. 1.This comes as Delta cancels 70 flights nationwide.
CHO Executive Director, Barbara Hutchinson, tells CBS19 that Delta made that decision based on load, or average number of seats being sold. She says the demand for flights to and from Detroit is there, but in recent months they’ve been putting fewer people on those flights as a safety precaution during periods of high humidity.
“This will leave Delta with one flight to Atlanta, and I think it limits our choices and it's too bad,” said David Gies, whose son flew in from Detroit Monday night.
While some are worried about the loss of the Detroit hub, Hutchinson says CHO is not discouraged.
“Other airlines have expressed interest in the airport, and serving a market we don't have that's in our top five. We will replace the market one way or the other and we're excited to look at something bigger than Detroit,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson tells CBS19 that Delta will discuss the decision with CHO again in March, but as of August, flights to Detroit will no longer be available.