Duluth Airport Faring Well by Comparison
Duluth International Seeing Some
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For years, Delta Airlines has suspended direct flights between Duluth and Detroit during the winter months.
This year, Delta did not renew those flights when the seasons warmed, leading some to believe the airport that lost one of it’s 3 airlines earlier this year might be in trouble.
That’s not the case though, according to executive director Tom Werner.
Werner said Monday, Delta has not given a reason or an end date for the continued route suspension, but several factors play into route decisions.
Some of those factors include profitability, pilot and crew availability and demand.
Werner added that regulation changes have reduced the number of qualified pilots available to fly regional routes.
According to Werner major airlines, like Delta, will contract with smaller like companies to operate routes like the Duluth to Detroit connection.
The candidate pool for these smaller companies has dwindled over the years to the point that there are fewer pilots than there are planes to be flown.
Werner stated that Duluth is doing well with the remaining routes. Delta has seen a 2% increase on its Minneapolis routes this year and United is maintaining sales to and from Chicago.