Delta will keep all airline hubs


The new Delta Air Lines Inc. now flies out of seven U.S. hub airports.

Some of those — such as Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Cincinnati’s airport — are close neighbors. A top executive at the Atlanta-based Delta said the company is committed to maintaining those hub operations coveted by airports.

The three-week-old merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines Corp. — the largest carrier at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport — created the world’s largest airline. Added together, the new airline has seven hubs: Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York JFK and Salt Lake City.

Detroit is the airline’s second-largest hub. Many airline observers have voiced skepticism about whether operating seven hubs make sense.

“Yes it does,” Ed Bastian, president and chief executive officer of Delta’s Northwest unit, said in an interview with the Free Press. “And the reason for that is we’ve already paid for them; they are ours.”