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University Park Airport Loses Carrier

Officials with Delta Airlines announced Monday that the company is planning to suspend its services at the University Park Airport, citing staffing shortages.

Beginning June 5th, Delta will no longer fly in or out of University Park Airport due to a lack of available pilots and crew members, according to a press release.

“We’re certainly disappointed on behalf of our many travelers, but recognize the challenges faced by the airline industry. We’re optimistic that this will be a temporary measure, and when Delta is able to reinstate service to State College, they will return with flights through Detroit and future destinations like Atlanta could be added to the schedule,’ said CCAA Executive Director James Meyer.

Delta officials say the company is currently flying 10 to 15% fewer flights nationwide due to staffing issues.

University Park Airport still offers daily flights, via American Airlines, to Philadelphia, Newark and Chicago airports, as well as Saturday flights to Charlotte.

“University Park Airport has been a crucial part of the economic growth of this region for decades, and we will continue to provide outstanding and convenient travel options,” said Bryan Rodgers, C.M. Director, University Park Airport and Penn State Aviation Center. “We are always exploring options for new travel partners, and we expect to see options open up in the future as the travel industry returns to more normal conditions.”

Officials note that travelers who booked flights at UP Airport, through Delta, after June 5th should look for an email from Delta for further instructions.

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