Posted: Nov 6, 2012 2:59 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 4:01 PM
COLUMBIA - Just minutes before Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid was to make an announcement Tuesday about air service at the Columbia Regional Airport, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce wrote its members saying Delta Airlines would end its flights to the airport.
The chamber message said:
"Today at 4:00 pm the City of Columbia will announce that Delta has decided to end their service at Columbia Regional Airport. The Mayor and his team made an offer that Delta was not willing to accept.
Delta will end service at Columbia Regional Airport on February 13th. They will continue 2 flights per day in January, reducing that to one flight per day February 1 through the 13th.
We appreciate the City's efforts to offer Delta a revenue guarantee for future service. Even though their flights enjoyed 89% load factors with ticket prices higher than many other locations, they have declined that offer.
We appreciate the service Delta provided via Memphis and in the last six months to Atlanta. However, we are very pleased that even after Delta's departure, service at COU will be 40% greater than it is today, due to the arrival of Frontier and American Airlines. Our new connections to Chicago and Dallas connect us to the nation and the world in unprecedented ways.
While we are disappointed with Delta's decision, we will continue conversations to improve our air service and terminal improvements to meet the future needs of Columbia Regional Airport."