Mon, Jan 13, 2003
Suspends Service at Texarkana, Ark
Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast
Airlines (ASA) will close its Texarkana, Ark., maintenance base
effective April 30, 2003, to refocus its efforts on regional jet
maintenance at a new jet base in Baton Rouge, La. With the closure
of the Texarkana maintenance facility, ASA also will suspend
service between Dallas/Ft. Worth and the Texarkana Regional Airport
on April 30.
The 67 ASA team members employed at the Texarkana airport and
maintenance base will be eligible for transfer to other ASA
locations. Customers who have booked travel to or from Texarkana
after April 30 will be contacted by Delta reservations personnel
and re-accommodated on alternate flights.
"ASA's decision to close the Texarkana base and to
discontinue daily air service was made with great consideration of
the impact it will have on the Texarkana community and on our
Texarkana team members," said Sam Watts, ASA's vice president --
Planning and Development. "Texarkana has played an extremely
important role in our company's history and we are grateful to the
community, the State of Arkansas and especially to the region's
capable and highly dedicated workforce for their support over the
last 16 years.
"Discontinuing service to any market is a very difficult
decision," Watts said. "However, without an aircraft maintenance
base in Texarkana, there is not sufficient demand for regularly
scheduled Delta Connection service at Texarkana Regional
ASA's closing of the Texarkana base is part of the
airline's continuing transition from turboprop aircraft to newer,
more efficient regional jets. ASA opened its Texarkana maintenance
base in December 1986 to support a new hub operation at Dallas/Ft.
Worth International Airport. Delta Connection service at Texarkana,
operated by ASA, began Dec. 15, 1986. ASA, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates more than 800 flights each
day to 102 airports in 27 states, Canada and Mexico.
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