HEBRON — Delta Air Lines has announced plans to suspend six weekly non-stop flights between Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Phoenix because of rising fuel costs.
Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton told The Kentucky Enquirer that the flights will end Sept. 4, and seasonal daily direct flights will resume on the route from Feb. 13 to April 30.
"With the significant increase in the price of jet fuel and the long stage length of this flight, this hasn't been a successful route in the winter when demand is lower," Talton said.
Airport spokeswoman Molly Flanagan said the seasonal service to Phoenix will help local travelers who plan to attend Reds spring training in Arizona. Flanagan said the airport will continue discussions with Delta and other carriers about restarting service year-round.
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"We still believe service to Phoenix is a viable year-round option out of CVG," Flanagan said. The suspension of the route comes as Delta continues to shrink operations at CVG.
Daily peak departures have dropped from as many as 673 in 2005 to fewer than 200. As Delta's presence diminishes, airport officials have said they are actively recruiting low-cost carriers. Last week, officials unveiled a newly renovated $36.5 million Concourse A, which is a central part of the airport's recruiting efforts.