ERLANGER, Ky. (July 27, 2012) — Delta Air Lines announced today that it is shutting down its regional carrier Comair at the end of September and will terminate 1,700 employees, 1,000 of which are in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region.
[pullquote_left]“Today’s news of Comair’s layoffs is terribly disappointing.” —Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.[/pullquote_left]
Comair, based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Erlanger, is down to about 290 flights a day and has slashed its fleet, flights and workforce in the past seven years. A Delta official told the Associated Press that the smaller regional planes cost more to fly and maintain as they age.
Employees have been given 60-day termination notices, the AP said. A small group of employees will remain after the Sept. 29 shutdown to handle details of the closure.
“Today’s news of Comair’s layoffs is terribly disappointing,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “The loss of Comair jobs will have a significant impact on families in northern Kentucky, and we are ready to assist those affected workers in any way to help them transition into new jobs.”
The closure won’t result in significant changes to Delta’s network, the AP reported. Delta also said it won’t mean fewer flights out of Cincinnati.