Delta to Shut Down Regional Airline Subsidiary Comair

By Michael Acampora on 27 July 2012
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A Comair CRJ-100ER parked in Jacksonville

Delta has announced it will shut down Comair, its regional subsidiary, on September 29, citing an increase in operating costs for regional flying.

Comair currently accounts for 1% of Delta’s network, and the carrier has promised that passengers and routes will not be significantly impacted when Comair ceases operations.  Comair’s flying has decreased dramatically in the past two years following Delta’s sale of its Mesaba and Compass regional airlines.

Comair is based in Cincinnati, and its primary hubs include that city, Detroit (DTW), LaGuardia Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport.  It currently operates 44 aircraft and makes 290 daily flights to 60 cities with 1,700 personnel.

Earlier this year, Delta announced plans to cut the number of regional jets with 50 or fewer seats from 350 aircraft to 125.  That was followed by an announcement in May that the airline will purchase 88 Boeing 717 aircraft.

Delta cited a “business model that is no longer sustainable in regional flying” in announcing the closing.

Comair first began operating in March 1977 and became a Delta partner in 1984.  It was taken over by Delta in 2000.

(Photo: David Mueller)


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