Delta axes Moscow service as part of international cutbacks

16 Apr 2015 by GrahamSmith

Delta Air Lines will cancel its New York JFK- Moscow Sheremetyevo route this winter as part of a move to reduce its international services.

The US carrier will also bring into force a 15 per cent reduction in flights to Brazil and a 15 to 20 per cent reduction to Japan, Africa, India and the Middle East.

The cutbacks were announced in the airline's quarterly profits report. No further details were available.

Delta is the latest carrier to axe or reduce services to Moscow. Cathay Pacific will cancel its thrice-weekly service to the Russian capital on June 1 (see news, March 20), and both Etihad and Qatar Airways are scaling back their operations to the city (see news, February 24 and February 24).

Delta said in a statement: "To address currency headwinds, Delta plans to reduce its international capacity by 3 per cent year over year for the winter schedule...

"Key actions for the December quarter will include a 15-20 per cent reduction in service from Japan, a 15 per cent reduction to Brazil, a 15-20 per cent reduction to Africa, India and the Middle East, and suspension of service to Moscow for the winter season."

Last month, Delta announced it will launch a daily service between New York JFK and Manchester on May 22 (see news, March 25).

Graham Smith

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