Delta to Slash International Flights to Some Regions by 20%
The Atlanta-based airline made the announcement in conjunction with its first-quarter earnings report.
The cuts will include a 15% to 20% reduction in flights to and from Japan, a key market for the airline, a 15% cutback on Brazil flights, and 15% to 20% reductions in flying to Africa, India, and the Middle East. The airline will also suspend all flights to Moscow for the winter.
The airline said the cutbacks were focused largely on markets that have been adversely impacted by the strong U.S. dollar or where the decline in the price of oil has had an impact on demand.
“While the strong dollar is creating headwinds with international revenues, it also contributes to the lower fuel prices which will offset those headwinds with over $2 billion in fuel savings this year,” said the airline’s CEO, Richard Anderson, in a statement.
Despite the cutbacks in its international operations, Delta said it plans to increase domestic flying by 2%, adding that its overall flight capacity will be unchanged in the fourth quarter of the year.
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