Louisville International Airport to lose flights
Nearly 10% of the flights at Louisville International Airport will be eliminated starting next month.
From August to the end of the year, you will see eight fewer planes on the runway.
Since you won't get to book those non-stop flights anymore, you will have to make one or more connections before reaching your final destination.
Becky Winstead picked up her mother, who flies to Louisville from Orlando a couple of times a year.
"I think it will be more inconvenient. We won't have as much to choose from, as far as flights coming in and going out," Winstead said.
But next month, Delta Air Lines will no longer fly that route, leaving everyone to squeeze into fewer flights.
"Hopefully, I would book enough in advance to secure that," said frequent traveler, Teri Gimmel.
Dust is collecting at empty counters where airlines used to be and pretty soon, there will be a few more empty counters, once Frontier pulls out of Louisville on August 26th. No more direct flights to Denver.
The Airport Authority is trying to get another airline to step in, but they know that will be difficult, since 15% of flights nationwide are ending and some airlines are even charging extra to check bags.
"In all of these cases, it's 100% tied to the cost of fuel. The airlines have had a 70% increase in the amount that they pay for fuel since January. And so some of these aircrafts, while they fill the airplane, especially in the case of Frontier, they filled just about 90% of all their seats every day," said Tom Tyra, Louisville Regional Airport Authority.
More passengers flew through Louisville this year than last year or the year before.
Still, American Airlines will eliminate its flights to Raleigh, North Carolina by September 1st and its flights to New York-LaGuardia in November. American will also erase one flight to Dallas, but to make up for that, the airline will bring in larger jets for its remaining flights. The trend is toward getting rid of smaller, regional jets that are not fuel-efficient enough for struggling airlines.
"They're just leaving the U.S. market entirely and may never come back," said Tyra.
Another unknown is how these disappearing flights will affect airfares. Some passengers are fearing the worst.
"I think it would be more expensive if we had less to choose from," said Winstead.
Louisville's airport officials expect airlines to eliminate more flights through Louisville next year, but they have not gotten the official word.
If you've booked a flight that's going to be canceled, make sure you contact the airline if you don't hear from them.