Delta's Comair preparing for quiet departure

Earlier this summer, Delta Air Lines announced plans to shut down its shrunken, 35-year-old regional carrier Comair by Sept. 29. Minnesota passengers won't notice the change much.

The end of Comair is fast approaching. Earlier this summer, Delta Air Lines announced plans to shut down its shrunken, 35-year-old regional carrier by Sept. 29, bailing out of the struggling regional airline industry. But Minnesota passengers likely won't notice the change much.

The 44-plane Cincinnati-based Comair is a small player in a Twin Cities market, the Star Tribune reported earlier this summer. The relatively few Comair flights that serve the Twin Cities will remain in the market under the auspices of another Delta Connection partner, the newspaper reported.

It was initially reported that Comair employed about 1,700; more than 1,000 Comair employees are in the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area, the Toledo Blade reported.

Delta told the state of Ohio only about 1,200 would lose jobs and the airline came to terms with the employees last month, Cincinnati's Business Courier reported.

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