Delta shrinks presence at Hartsfield-Jackson

With drastic cuts in flights because of coronavirus concerns, the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was relatively quiet on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
With drastic cuts in flights because of coronavirus concerns, the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was relatively quiet on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Delta Air Lines is shrinking its presence at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as it slashes flights 70% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Atlanta-based Delta said it will consolidate operations at its largest hub, the Atlanta airport, and is "minimizing use of portions" of Concourses C, D and E.

Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, has had a steep decline in passenger traffic compared with a year ago -- On Monday it had an 80% drop in passenger counts at checkpoints.

Concourses C and D are among the those Delta uses for domestic flights, and Concourse E is one of the airport’s two international concourses.

Those concourses are also used by other airlines, though Delta is the dominant carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson and also uses Concourses T, A, B and international Concourse F.

Hartsfield-Jackson is owned and operated by the City of Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also said during a Monday briefing to the Atlanta City Council: “We’re working closely with Delta Air Lines, looking at the agreements that we have and making determinations on when their landing fees are due and tweaking some things as it relates to that.”

Delta said it is also shrinking operations at other hubs where it uses multiple terminals, including New York and Los Angeles, where it is halting use of some terminals for certain operations such as check-in.

The airline is parking at least half of its fleet and inviting employees to take unpaid leave to scale back drastically due to COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

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