Delta to end flights from Columbia to Memphis in November

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:51 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Delta Airlines will cancel its morning flights from Columbia Regional Airport to Memphis beginning Nov. 2 and replace them with flights to Atlanta beginning March 3, Public Works Department spokesman Steven Sapp said Monday morning.

The schedule changes represent the latest development in fluctuating flight service at the airport. Mayor Bob McDavid announced last week that Frontier Airlines will offer two weekly nonstop flights to Orlando, at 4:15 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. each Tuesday and Saturday, beginning Nov. 20. Frontier will fly new Airbus 319s capable of carrying 138 passengers.

Sapp said Delta Airlines has full autonomy over its flight schedules and the new changes are part of normal seasonal adjustments. Sapp said the changes are market driven.

The morning flights to Memphis International Airport depart at 6:30 a.m.; the flights to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that begin in March will leave at the same time. There will be three flights to and from Atlanta Sundays through Fridays starting in March. Delta Airlines will continue to offer two flights to Atlanta on Saturdays.

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