Sunday, July 29, 2001

What's the Buzz?

Delta package aims at businesses

        Delta Air Lines has begun an open-ended business-fare cut that includes Columbus and means tickets as much as 60 percent lower than normal.

        Other cities included in the offer are Phoenix and Las Vegas.

        The fares are one-way, do not require advance purchase or advance stay and have no blackout periods.

        One example is a flight from Columbus to Boston, which will cost $191 one-way after costing $581 previously. A flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., costs $126 one-way after previously costing $349.

        Delta officials acknowledged that many of the Columbus flights will connect through the company's hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. They say Cincinnati-area passengers must board in Columbus and connect and cannot just board the connecting flight in Cincinnati.

        The length of last week's fare cut “really depends on the customer response,” Delta spokeswoman Cindi Kurczewski said. “It's no secret that in the airline industry, business travel has dropped off considerably. We're just trying stimulate that business in these markets.”

        Delta has cut leisure fares system-wide, including out of Cincinnati, while Comair has offered cut-rate fares as it ramps up operations following an 89-day strike.

— James Pilcher

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