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.

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CharacterCounts wrote on June 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

If all University of Illinois employees were required to use Willard Airport when flying on official business, rather than Delta discontinuing service, service would probably be added.
How many UI employees on official business fly in and out of Bloomington Airport or the Indianapolis Airport? There is a lot of bleeding to these two airports by UI staff which requires driving time to those cities and cost mileage. But the UI has never seen fit to require a cost comparison of travel on travel vouchers if an employee does not use Williard Airport so employees are free to waste taxpayer money and help to reduce service at Williard.

Hopefully some UI official will wake up and see the light and require UI employees to use Williard unless they can justify using another airport.

joney59 wrote on July 01, 2010 at 3:07 pm

They probably are saving taxpayers money, have you ever priced flying out of Willard compared to Bloomington? Plus parking is free at Bloomington. Willard is the one bleeding the taxpayers with higher prices.