Delta is looking to cut ties with Comair and hopes to have things shut down and sent off to the big hangar in the sky as soon as this September. Basically, they’re just not keen on the amount of fuel these little planes guzzle down when compared to how many passengers they fly. The maintenance costs were also started to get pricey—and annoying—as the planes got up there in age.
If you’re flying with Delta (or one of the regional affiliates) any time soon, there’s no reason to worry. Comair only flew around 1% of total Delta flights, so it’s not like your ticket will be changed or cancelled. Instead, Delta’s network will remain pretty much unchanged and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will continue to operate.
There will be some new, smaller jets set to replace the 50-seaters getting mothballed, and those new-to-Delta planes over from Southwest Airlines will also pick up the slack. So for now this doesn’t look like something that will affect passengers anytime soon, but we just hope the Comair employees find their way to another airline sooner than later. No one likes a layoff.