‘Incredibly disappointing’ — Delta to stop flying from Lincoln | Local Business News

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the airport was experiencing a growth spurt, with passenger numbers in 2019 reaching their highest level since 2007.

The numbers fell by more than two thirds last year due to the pandemic, but have recovered somewhat this year and are expected to increase by more than 50% from 2020.

With Delta’s departure, Lincoln will only be served by one airline, United, which offers flights to Chicago and Denver.

However, Haring said the loss could open up new opportunities for other flights.

“Delta’s exit will lead to even more unmet demand and additional growth opportunities,” he said.

Haring said the airport has been working to get additional flight connections and hopes to announce a new destination within the next six months.

The airport has been trying to get American Airlines to fly to Dallas for years and received a federal grant of $ 750,000 in 2018 to help with that endeavor.

This is yet to bear fruit, however, and earlier this year the airport received the grant changed to accommodate any new service to Texas, opening up the opportunity for United to start flights from Lincoln to Houston.