Atlantic Southeast Airlines to Suspend Service At Fort Smith, Ark.; Lawton/Ft. Sill, Okla.; Wichita Falls, Texas

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delta Connection

    DALLAS and FT. WORTH, Texas, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Southeast
 Airlines (ASA), a Delta Connection carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of
 Delta Air Lines (NYSE:   DAL), will suspend service to Fort Smith, Ark.,
 Lawton/Ft. Sill, Okla., and Wichita Falls, Texas effective Aug. 1, 2001.  The
 last ASA flights between the three cities and Dallas/Ft. Worth will operate on
 July 31.
     ASA said it does not make service suspension decisions without giving
 great consideration to the impact on the employees and customers in the
 communities involved, but the airline must focus its resources on markets
 where it can be most competitive.
     "Discontinuing service to any market is a difficult decision," said Sam
 Watts, ASA's vice president - Marketing and Corporate Communications.  "We are
 extremely proud of our team members and the service they have provided these
 communities over the past 14 years.  However, in order to maximize revenue
 generation opportunities across the ASA system, it is essential that we focus
 on markets where we can be most competitive."
     Customers who have booked travel in these markets after July 31 will be
 contacted by Delta reservations personnel and re-accommodated on alternative
 flights.
     ASA inaugurated service at Fort Smith and Wichita Falls on Dec. 15, 1986,
 and at Lawton/Ft. Sill on Jan. 1, 1987.  In each market, ASA currently
 operates four daily flights with 30-passenger Embraer-120 Brasilia aircraft
 and employs a total of 33 team members in the three cities.  ASA will offer
 all 33 employees positions in other ASA locations.
     ASA operates more than 700 flights each day to 82 airports in 25 states,
 Canada and Mexico.  Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection
 carrier since 1984 and carried more than 6 million passengers in calendar year
 2000.  The airline operates a fleet of 113 aircraft and employs more than
 4,000 aviation professionals across its route system.  For more information
 visit delta.com.
 
 

SOURCE Delta Connection
    DALLAS and FT. WORTH, Texas, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Southeast
 Airlines (ASA), a Delta Connection carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of
 Delta Air Lines (NYSE:   DAL), will suspend service to Fort Smith, Ark.,
 Lawton/Ft. Sill, Okla., and Wichita Falls, Texas effective Aug. 1, 2001.  The
 last ASA flights between the three cities and Dallas/Ft. Worth will operate on
 July 31.
     ASA said it does not make service suspension decisions without giving
 great consideration to the impact on the employees and customers in the
 communities involved, but the airline must focus its resources on markets
 where it can be most competitive.
     "Discontinuing service to any market is a difficult decision," said Sam
 Watts, ASA's vice president - Marketing and Corporate Communications.  "We are
 extremely proud of our team members and the service they have provided these
 communities over the past 14 years.  However, in order to maximize revenue
 generation opportunities across the ASA system, it is essential that we focus
 on markets where we can be most competitive."
     Customers who have booked travel in these markets after July 31 will be
 contacted by Delta reservations personnel and re-accommodated on alternative
 flights.
     ASA inaugurated service at Fort Smith and Wichita Falls on Dec. 15, 1986,
 and at Lawton/Ft. Sill on Jan. 1, 1987.  In each market, ASA currently
 operates four daily flights with 30-passenger Embraer-120 Brasilia aircraft
 and employs a total of 33 team members in the three cities.  ASA will offer
 all 33 employees positions in other ASA locations.
     ASA operates more than 700 flights each day to 82 airports in 25 states,
 Canada and Mexico.  Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection
 carrier since 1984 and carried more than 6 million passengers in calendar year
 2000.  The airline operates a fleet of 113 aircraft and employs more than
 4,000 aviation professionals across its route system.  For more information
 visit delta.com.
 
 SOURCE  Delta Connection