Starting next Wednesday, Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend flights to 10 airports nationwide, including Long Beach, until September.
The announcement comes just two weeks after Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said that the airline had picked up three additional flight slots relinquished by JetBlue. The airline now holds 12 of LGB’s 53 flight slots.
“The aviation industry is facing tremendous challenges and airlines must make tough business decisions to adapt to the current circumstances,” Guidry said in an email. “Delta Air Lines is a valued partner of Long Beach Airport and we know that their commitment to this airport is strong. We look forward to welcoming them back when demand for air travel returns.”
Delta will also be suspending flights to Hollywood Burbank Airport and Oakland International Airport.
“The safety of our employees and customers remains our primary focus as we navigate these challenges together,” Sandy Gordon, Deltas senior vice president of domestic airport operations said in a press release on Friday. “By consolidating operations while customer traffic is low, we can allow more of our people to stay home in accordance with local health guidelines.”
Delta has announced an 85% reduction in the airline’s second-quarter schedule, which includes reductions of 80% of the airline’s domestic and 90% of its international flight capacity.
The airline will continue flights to Los Angeles International Airport. Flight suspensions for an additional nine cities are currently under review by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Delta has not announced which additional airports may be subject to future flight suspensions.