The announcement last week that Delta Airlines is expanding its Northwest Airlines service at the Bloomington-Normal airport shouldn’t make any difference to efforts to land Delta service at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield airport officials say.

The announcement last week that Delta Airlines is expanding its Northwest Airlines service at the Bloomington-Normal airport shouldn’t make any difference to efforts to land Delta service at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield airport officials say.

“Delta is pretty much trying to mesh with the Northwest network right now,” said Mark Hanna, executive director of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. “We’re seeing Delta starting to shift around some of the routes where there is an overlap in services.”

Hanna said airports in Champaign and in Peoria also have some form of Delta or Northwest service.

Delta and Northwest merged last fall, making the combined carrier the largest in the world.
Hanna said Springfield officials still are talking with Delta about alternatives to Chicago-only service at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

The federal government awarded the airport a $750,000 air-service grant last year to help lure new commuter flights.

At the moment, the Springfield airport is served by United Express and AmericanConnection. Both carriers fly into O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Direct Air will begin twice-weekly nonstop flights in May to Myrtle Beach, S.C., from Springfield.

Delta is adding Northwest jet service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from the Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington beginning June 4 and is adding a second Northwest flight to Detroit.

The airline also is increasing the number of seats available on its five Delta Connection flights from Bloomington to Atlanta with the use of larger jets.

Chris Dettro can be reached at (217) 788-1510 or chris.dettro@sj-r.com.