Delta Air Lines and JetBlue both are requesting permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to suspend service from several U.S. airports, according to Reuters.
Delta is seeking to suspend service from nine smaller airports—Lansing, Mich.; Flint, Mich.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Pocatello, Idaho; Brunswick, Ga.; and Melbourne, Fla.—from which it said it is currently averages no more than 14 passengers daily from each on flights, according to the report. JetBlue is seeking to end service at 16 airports, including cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Per the requirements of the U.S. government's Covid-19 relief stimulus package, airlines are required to keep minimum service levels to be eligible for grants, though DOT can allow waivers. The department already had rejected a request from United to suspend some service, according to Reuters.