Tuesday, October 08, 2002

What's the buzz?

Delta cancels free drinks overseas

By James Pilcher jpilcher@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        List free drinks on overseas flights as yet another casualty of the continuing struggles in the airline industry.

        Delta Air Lines, which operates its second-largest hub locally, has announced that on Oct. 15 it will begin charging $4 for alcoholic beverages in economy class on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia and some Latin American destinations.

        The airline will begin charging for drinks on flights to the remainder of its Latin American destinations on March 1.

        Passengers in business class, Delta's equivalent to first class, will still receive free alcoholic drinks. Delta flies to London; Paris; and Frankfurt, Germany, from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        The Atlanta-based airline said the move was made to further lower costs, although it did not say how much it would save with the measure.

        Delta has already cut meals on many domestic flights. It also has imposed several new fees over the last few months for such things as extra bags and changing tickets.


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