Delta Ending Orange County to New York-JFK Service Already

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Back in May, we announced how Delta Launches Service between Orange County and New York-JFK which began October 15, 2018. 4 days after the service began, Delta has now announced they’ll be suspending the service effective Jan. 5, 2019.

Per Delta,

Delta has made the tough decision to end service between its JFK hub and John Wayne Orange County Airport effective Jan. 5, 2019, due to slot allocation awards from John Wayne Orange County Airport. Delta was awarded one fewer slot in 2019 than in 2018. While disappointed with this outcome, Delta will continue to explore future opportunities to offer the service.

Delta will continue to serve Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Seattle from John Wayne Orange County Airport.

It seems interesting that they’re blaming the slot allocation to why this service is ending. Surely, they could cut one of their Vegas flights and keep the JFK flight if they wanted. What it comes down to, is it’s hard to compete with their operation at LAX, which has as many as 10x daily flights to New York (JFK), all with lie flat seats in their Delta One cabin.

In other Southern California news, Delta is launching Ontario, CA to Atlanta service starting April 22.

Well that was short lived…

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  1. SNA allocates flights associated with noise levels. Taking an E slot SNALAS & converting it to an A slot is not allowed. You can go the other way though, but why would you.

    A slots are rated for more noise – heavier loads, and are restricted as to the # allotted to each SNA carrier. E slots are exempt from the massive noise restrictions as an A slot, but are still required to under a certain decibel rating. As long as there is gate space available, an airline can have many E slots.

    Cutting a SNALAS flight wouldn’t allow DL to operate their SNAJFK flight. More likely, it would have to cut the ATL, DTW, OR MSP service.

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