Delta Airlines officially stops flying to Lincoln
Delta Airlines made the decision to indefinitely suspend services to Lincoln, effective January 10.
LINCOLN, Neb(KLKN)- A Lincoln Airport representative confirmed with Channel 8 that Delta has officially stopped service to LNK.
Back in December, Delta Airlines made the decision to indefinitely suspend services to Lincoln, effective January 10.
This will impact the LNK to Minneapolis services that Skywest Airlines operate.
“The news was unexpected to put it mildly,” a Lincoln Airport Representative said in a statement. “Since Delta returned to the market in May, we have experienced passenger utilization at rates that were as high, and higher in some cases, then those that were seen pre pandemic.”
“We are optimistic that conversations that the Airport has been involved in over the last several years will yield additional service in the next 3-6 months and we will continue to focus our efforts not on service that has been lost but rather on service that we can gain.”
In December, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry said he sent a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian, requesting that he immediately reconsider “this inexplicable decision.”
“Lincoln Airport contributes over $1 billion a year to our local economy, supporting over 9,000 jobs. Yet, despite very strong passenger numbers, Delta Airlines has unilaterally decided to cease flying in and out of Nebraska’s capital,” Fortenberry said. “This flawed decision was made without warning and despite the airline receiving sizable government assistance during the COVID pandemic precisely to keep service open to airports like Lincoln Airport.”