Sunday, February 26, 2006

Florida's Turning Blue

The AP reports today that after Delta discontinues Song (its 3 year old discount carrier that was intended to compete with JetBlue, Southwest and Airtran) in May, it will cut 25% of its flights into and out of Florida. In the short term, this will mean higher summer fares for passengers traveling to the Sunshine State--and higher profits for the currently ailing JetBlue, Song's primary budget-airline competitor on these routes. Analysts predict that this revenue surge might prevent JetBlue from suffering its forecasted 2006 financial loss.

So, great news for JetBlue, not so great news for those of us who fly with Delta. The article also reports that Delta will trim its service to LAX and Seattle--but nothing on the scale of this Florida cutback.



Anonymous Patrick said...

Some time ago I read that Delta's new business model planned for the airline to run fewer domestic routes but more international ones. Is this still part of the plan?

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

If only this were true politically...not to inject partisan discussion into an otherwise non-partisan blog. but c'mon, the dems are better at funding transit...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yes, Patrick, Delta is steadily introducing more international flights and trimming its domestic schedule. A trip overseas, anyone?

4:13 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

I'm game! When do we leave? And what about that Amtrak trip we've been talking about for so long? Perhaps this summer?

5:27 PM  

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