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Delta Air Line's daily jet service to GF means losing some weekend flights

There'll be no more prop planes for Delta Air Lines passengers out of Grand Forks, airport officials said Tuesday. Delta Air Lines sent an e-mail to Patrick Dame, Grand Forks Airport Authority executive director, saying it is replacing the Saab 3...

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A Delta Air Lines jet. (AP file video)

There'll be no more prop planes for Delta Air Lines passengers out of Grand Forks, airport officials said Tuesday.

Delta Air Lines sent an e-mail to Patrick Dame, Grand Forks Airport Authority executive director, saying it is replacing the Saab 340 prop plane with a regional jet smaller than a DC-9. The airline also said that it will be cutting weekend service, down to three flights Saturday and four flights Sunday. The Monday through Friday schedule will remain at five departures and four arrivals.

"Those are flights where we've had poor ridership," Dame said of the weekend flights. "We've lost very little utilized capacity."

Dame said Delta is doing the same with destinations nationwide. He said the seats gained through daily regional jet service balances out the load factor from losing the three weekend flights.

"The consensus is people don't like prop planes," Dame said. "Now, we have 100 percent jet service."

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Dame said he expects an announcement to be made next week on a new service to start in the fall but would not give any other details.

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1262; (800) 477-6572, ext. 262; or send e-mail to jjohnson2@gfherald.com .

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