Can we all pause & take a deep breath here for just a minute? Thank you!
First, far from criticizing CVG, I actually think that Midwestindy had a good point to make about my post . . .
Cut all the focus cities and focus on core hubs. This would be a good time for DL to finish off closing up CVG.
Nah, baby, nah! Until the coronavirus crisis began, Delta was actually making money at CVG, something they didn't always do when CVG was a Delta / Comair hub. They were at 400 flights a day, but up to 80% of their passenger traffic was connecting. In 2019, most of their CVG traffic was O&D with very good loads, and there were still some connections being made. On top of that, there are a huge
number of SkyMiles members that live in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State metro area. So, I don't expect Delta to abandon all of that when it was working so well for them.
Before Coronavirus, a station making money wasn't that impressive, in addition they have hardly grown CVG at all in the past few years.
While I don't think DL would walk away from CVG completely, they have already cut CVG down to 55 departures/day during the week in April, which is telling
Now, hiflyeras, I deeply respect your 40 years in aviation, so I must pay attention to what you said . . .
My family thinks that I’m ‘Chicken Little’ but you’re exactly right. I’ve been in the airline biz for 40 years and through furloughs and a bad economy before but this is completely different. The economy of the world is in a state of crisis. Banks could fail, the distribution system of food could collapse, those that pick our fruit and vegetables get sick (or work until they drop)...the health care system collapses. We could be weeks or months away from the end of life as we know it. It scares the crap out of me.
My father passed away in 1997, just shy of his 89th birthday. Dad told me many stories about living through the Great Depression. He talked about how families were uprooted, many moving to California & other places in the western USA to find work. People held onto many things as long as they could, if they thought there was any chance that they could be used again. People learned how to garden, to grow their own food. They canned their own food so they would have that food to eat through the winter. They wore their threadbare clothes until they practically fell off of their bodies, and wore their old shoes even though they had holes in them. Dad told me about the "alphabet soup" of President Roosevelt's New Deal, like the CCC, the WPA, and since Dad was from Tennessee, the program that affected him & his family the most, the TVA. The building of Hoover Dam happened during that time, too.
Dad was always great at putting things in perspective. I guess that's what I'm trying to do now. Yes, it scares me, too, but one thing I know is that a crisis does not build individual & collective character, it reveals it. I just don't think that all Americans--and all citizens of planet Earth--are, deep down, as bad as those who anonymously flame each other on social media. Sure, the chips are down & they have further to fall, but picking them up & leading us on is now the challenge for the current generation, just as the Great Depression & World War II were the challenges of my Dad's generation. Many of those who will lead us are in aviation, just like it was back in the day, people like Eddie Rickenbacker, Howard Hughes & Juan Trippe. Let's have some faith & let's resolve to help ourselves & each other during the many days ahead.
Be safe, stay healthy & keep looking toward the sky! -SkyVoice