Delta Cutbacks Affect Tally Service

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Airlines are adjusting to the fuel cost crunch--and that means fewer flights are being offered. Most recently, Delta Airlines announced plans to stop its nonstop service from Tallahassee to Tampa by October.

However, the Tallahassee Regional Airport says it already has a replacement lined up--turbo prop planes from Continental Gulfstream. Airport officials say they're not worried about the changes made by Delta because they've long been preparing for the cutback.

Philip Inglese, with the Tallahassee Regional Airport said, "Fuel for airlines right now, where it was their third largest expense, is now their number one expense. And the airlines are being forced because of the cost of fuel, to completely contract their service throughout the nation."

The 19 passenger turbo prop planes from Continental Gulfstream are much smaller than Delta's 50 passenger liners, but the airport hopes to have enough turbo prop planes to meet travelers' demands.

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