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Delta grounds RDU-Paris flight

Posted December 23, 2008

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— Delta Airlines said Tuesday that it won't launch nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Paris until 2010.

The airline had planned to start the flight to Charles de Gaulle International Airport on June 2.

Delta officials said the decision to delay the flight was based on the economic climate and not on the strength of the market or demand for the service.

“We are obviously disappointed by Delta’s decision, as Paris service would have opened many new and efficient international travel opportunities for the citizens of our region,” Teresa Damiano, RDU's director of marketing, said in a statement. “We understand that these are unpredictable times for the aviation industry and are confident that a strong demand for air service in our region will allow for growth as the global economy rebounds.”

American Airlines offered nonstop service between RDU and Paris from 1988 to 1994 before dropping the flight in favor of service between the Triangle and London, which American continues to offer.

RDU officials said almost 500 people travel between RDU and an overseas destination every day. Some use American's London flight, others fly on Air Canada's three flights to Toronto and others travel through gateways like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C., officials said.

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  • manofjustice Dec 24, 2008

    First no light rail now no flight to Paris. Looks like the world doesn't view Raleigh the way Mayor Meeker and his cronies view Raleigh.
    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards

    Raleigh will always be 2nd fiddle to Charlotte. Charlotte is a visionary city...Raleigh just looks on

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 23, 2008

    delta looks like a bunch of clueless people. they announce this in the middle of a recession. SOMETHING is going on behind the scences and they want to look good.

    RDU traffic is down because ticket prices are sky high and they nickel and dime you all the way. justice is being served and the 1st quarter will not be gentle to the airline industry.

  • foetine Dec 23, 2008

    There goes my "authentic French Fries" business.

  • colliedave Dec 23, 2008

    Why isn't Meeker and his band of meekerites working with the airlines to bring more international connections to RDU? I thought once the convention center was completed, people would be clamoring to come to our fair city.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 23, 2008

    First no light rail now no flight to Paris. Looks like the world doesn't view Raleigh the way Mayor Meeker and his cronies view Raleigh.

  • teacher-mom Dec 23, 2008

    They need to check out the competition. You can get airfare and hotel for less than they wanted for a one way ticket.