Attempts at luring Delta Airlines back to Juneau on a full time basis was the subject of a meeting this week between CBJ, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, and airline officials.
Delta announced recently it will discontinue year round service following service this summer which it still intends to continue in the future.
Mayor Ken Koelsch said on Action Line Friday that air fares were much more competitive when Delta started full-time service here, but unfortunately it was only running at between 24 to 27 percent capacity on its winter time flights. "They have a harder time here with the approach than Alaska Airlines does and their equipment here that was available wasn't as good as Alaska Airlines.", said the mayor. "One of the things that the representative from Delta challenged us was on how many of us have Delta Airlines credit cards and how many of us can pull out our Alaska Airlines credit card. Everyone had an Alaska Airlines credit card. Delta just said it could have come in and spent a little bit a more time before it came in fully and talked to the community. They are willing to work with a group here and see if they can bring the service back. No way will there be this fall year round service from Delta. They were very, very clear about that. They were very frank about their situation."