Delta to end D.C.-Boston air shuttle


ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to stop making Delta Shuttle flights between Washington and Boston, and will scale back some international service as the third-largest U.S. carrier slows growth to meet lower demand.

Delta will replace its nine daily shuttle flights between Boston and Washington with four Delta Connection flights on smaller planes through commuter partner Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings Inc. Delta will cut some service to Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., as it adds flights through Salt Lake City and to Texas, among other changes.

The moves, which will become effective in the third or fourth quarters, come as Delta responds to an industrywide decline in business travel and uses additional smaller planes flown by Delta Connection commuter partners.

"The schedule represents a reallocation of our resources to continue to meet customers' demand while controlling capacity growth in the current economic climate," said spokesman Russ Williams.

Atlantic Coast will start the new Boston-Washington service by Sept. 1, and make eight daily flights by Oct. 1, Williams said. The carrier will still offer Delta Shuttle service between New York and Washington, and New York and Boston.

Delta also will cut the frequency of its flights between Atlanta, its largest flight hub, and Boston, Newark and Philadelphia, taking them down to 11 or 12 daily flights from the previous 14 or 15, Williams said.

Delta also plans to add new service on Sept. 1 between Atlanta and Akron, Ohio; Chicago Midway Airport; and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., The carrier will add flights to its current service from Atlanta to Washington Dulles International Airport; Nashville, Tenn.; and El Paso, Texas.

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