Delta announces plans to shut down regional carrier Comair

Idle Comair planes line the tarmac outside the Comair terminal at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. Delta announced Friday that it will cease operations of Comair in September. (AP photo)

July 27, 2012 6:57:05 AM PDT
Delta says it will close its regional carrier Comair at the end of next month as it switches more of its flying to bigger jets.

Delta Air Lines Inc., which is based in Atlanta, has about 350 regional jets and plans to reduce that to 125 within two years. Operating regional carriers has become more expensive while customers have been demanding roomier planes.

Comair represents only about 1 percent of Delta's flying, so the closure won't result in significant changes to Delta's network.

Comair, which is based in Cincinnati, was founded in 1977. It started operating as Delta Connection in 1984. According to its website, the regional airline has 1,700 employees.

Delta says the move won't result in a reduction of flights planned at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.