Klobuchar asks Delta to retain air service for small cities

After word came Friday that Delta plans to drop or reduce service to 24 cities around the country — including Thief River Falls, Hibbing, International Falls, Brainerd, and Bemidji in Minnesota — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar offered a quick response, sending a letter Saturday asking that the airline reconsider the plan.

In the letter to Delta CEO Richard Anderson, Klobuchar pointed out that the five Minnesota cities on the list aren’t served by any other commercial air carrier. She said air service to those cities “has been a lifeline for tourists and businesses alike.”

She said that if Delta does cut services to any of the Minnesota cities, “I would urge you to work with the Department of Transportation and other carriers as well as my office to find replacement service and to continue servicing these airports until an adequate replacement carrier is found. These communities should not suffer because of the airline’s actions.”

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