More Detroit cuts this week by your hub airline Delta while it continues to pile on in Atlanta.
DL DTW-FLL APR 6>5 MAY 5>4 JUN 5>4 JUL 5>4
No change in capacity -- last summer, the route operated as 5xM90, next summer it's planned as 4x757. Less frequency, but the same number of seats. The 757 makes more sense, given South Florida is about the cheapest place you can fly from DTW this summer on a legacy carrier -- for example, DL's selling tickets from $89 or 7,500 miles, including most Saturday morning departures.
DL DTW-ORD APR 8>7 MAY 8>7 JUN 8>7
From 4xCR9, 717, 319, 2xM90 to 4xCR9, 3x717. Obviously a significant capacity cut but let's consider:
(a) Spring load factors were in the mid-60s on mainline and low 70s overall, making it one of the weakest routes by LF from DTW.
(b) DL cut the 10PM DTW-ORD departure -- this is one of my most traveled flights (probably a couple hundred flights over the past 15 years or so) and while it was convenient for me, I've long pondered how the flight survived -- whether it was operated by a CRJ or 757, my flights rarely had more than a handful of people (there were a whopping four people on my flight in May, and in spite of that, the FA still couldn't be bothered to perform a beverage service... but that's another thread).
(c) WN slashed its lowest fare in the market by half earlier this year, and that price reduction looks like it's going to stick.
(d) Most likely, eventually, the equipment will be adjusted, lessening the capacity hit.
DL DTW-PDX APR 1.4>1.0
DTW/PDX has operated as 1x daily (usually seasonal, and often excluding Saturdays) since circa 2008 with varying equipment. No change here. The additional flight was added as a result of AS's entry into the market, but both DL & AS have scaled back their plans. No argument from me that the market is underserved, but NK begins service in late April, filling in the void.
Regardless... not a change.
DL DTW-TPA APR 6>4
This past April, it operated as 2xM88, 739, 2x757, next April it's scheduled as 4x739. Yes, big capacity drop, but advanced bookings were likely poor -- April traffic is driven by grade school spring break and snow bird movement, many of whom would've secured their travel plans by now.
DL LAX-DTW APR 7>6 MAY 7>6
Appears to be an error, it's still scheduled as 7x, which is a significant capacity increase from this year (when it operated as 6x).
AM DTW-MEX FEB 0.9>0.7 MAR 0.8>0.7 APR 1.0>0.7
All new service is going to have teething issues. On the flip side, AM is committed to MTY.
We don’t care what your next flight is.