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Will Delta Resume Services At Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport?

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NEWPORT NEWS—A story released by a local media outlet recently stated that Delta Airlines does not have a plan to resume service at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) following the pandemic. According to the executive director at PHF, this was not an official announcement made by the airport or by Delta airlines.

“The information released based on a question I answered truthfully made it sound like we were saying ‘hope is lost,’ and it’s not,” said Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport executive director Michael Giardino. “It’s never lost. We’re constantly negotiating with airlines and all channels are open. The airlines hold the cards now because there are more airports that need air service than there are airplanes and crews to fill the demand. But we never put out a statement saying that Delta is never coming back. I think that would be a better question for them to answer.”

Delta temporarily suspended service from PHF on May 13, 2020 due to a drop in demand for air service caused by the pandemic. The Atlanta-based Delta airlines consolidated service from ten secondary airports to nearby metro hubs to eliminate unprofitable flying while adhering to minimum service levels stipulated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020.

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport flights were consolidated with flights out of Norfolk International Airport (ORF). The suspension was originally expected to remain in effect until at least September 30, 2020. Prior to the pandemic, Delta flew three flights per day from PHF to Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. Currently, American Airlines is the only carrier operating out of PHF.

“American Airlines is the largest airline in the world, and they are here,” said Giardino. “They’re operating up to six times a day from here, so that’s the story. We’re in the game and we’re in the game hard. We’re talking to every airline that exists and that’s where we are. We’re in a great place. We’re low cost to carriers, we are conveniently located in the middle of 1.7 million people, we have two beautiful concourses, and we have room to grow. That’s the plan.”

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