Delta cuts back at Orlando

Updated 1/20/2006

By DONNA BALANCIA, Florida Today — Delta Air Lines on Thursday vacated 16 of its 24 gates at Orlando International Airport, as part of its reorganization plan aimed at emerging from bankruptcy court proceedings.

But it was unclear whether Southwest Airlines — Orlando’s No. 1 airline — would lease them out.

“We don’t know who will lease these gates,” said Carolyn Fennell, director of public affairs for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The Delta bankruptcy hearing has not occurred. We don’t have those gates in our possession yet.”

Separately, Delta on Thursday announced it would add seasonal non-stop service from Orlando to Bloomington, Ill., Moline, Ill., Rochester, N.Y., Newport News/Williamsburg, Va., and Wichita, effective from late-May through early-September 2006.

Delta’s new flights to Orlando will be operated by Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair and Freedom Airlines using 50-seat regional jets.

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