Delta Prepares to Shrink Further in 2009

Despite the recent announcements for new international routes, Delta is saying that 2009 is going to see a further decrease in passenger demand. They made a regulatory filing on Friday that suggests they will cut international and domestic capacity next year in expectation that customers will further curtail flying. Assuming they can get capacity out of the market, it’s not the end of the world for the airlines. Taking capacity out of the market cuts costs (obviously), but also allows them to keep fares up (a good thing). Expect similar announcements from the others soon.

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