Delta to end service at Willard on Aug. 31
SAVOY — Delta Air Lines will end service to Champaign-Urbana on Aug. 31, the airline announced Wednesday.
The announcement came less than three weeks after the airline added a third Delta Connection flight between Detroit and Willard Airport in Savoy.
Delta blamed the route’s elimination on “poor performance.” It said only about 60 percent of seats on the route were filled in the last year — roughly 20 points below average occupancy on other Delta routes.
“Although Delta would prefer to continue serving the market, flights between Champaign-Urbana and Detroit have experienced a significant decline in passenger loads and revenues this year,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s managing director for network planning.
Delta will attempt to contact customers booked on flights after Aug. 31 to arrange alternate transportation or refunds. Customers can call Delta Reservations at 1-800-221-1212 to make changes to reservations for flights after Aug. 31.
Northwest Airlines, which merged recently with Delta, had served Champaign-Urbana since 1986.
Willard continues to be served by American Airlines, which has American Eagle flights to Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.