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Delta Is Cutting Flights to ‘Relieve Pressure’ on Operations

  • Cancellations hit ahead of high-traffic Memorial Day holiday
  • About 100 daily flights dropped from July to early August
A Delta Airlines flight takes off at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A Delta Airlines flight takes off at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg
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Delta Air Lines Inc. is cutting flights just ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend and through the summer to help it recover faster from bad weather, higher-than-expected worker absences and other issues that have rattled recent operations. 

The airline said it will trim about 100 flights a day in the US and Latin America from July 1 through Aug. 7 to help bolster reliability for remaining flights. Delta said additional adjustments could be made, hinting at possible further reductions. The nearer-term cancellations for the upcoming holiday weekend, initially disclosed in a memo sent to employees late Wednesday, are designed “to relieve pressure by pro-actively thinning the schedule over Memorial Day and through the balance of June.”