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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 7:45am

Delta To Stop Flights To 24 Cities

Delta Airlines has announced plans to stop flights to more than 20 small airports.

Citing a $14 million loss, the Atlanta-based carrier says the flights to these airports average only half capacity, with some as low as 12 percent.

Though some of these routes are federally subsidized, Delta not only will stop flights but also plans to retire the fleet of planes used for these cities.

Four of the affected cities are in Alabama and Mississippi, with the remainder in the northern Midwest.

The Department of Transportation will have 90 days to find other carriers to service these cities before Delta leaves.

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