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La Crosse-Detroit flights on Delta ending soon

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Regular Delta flights between La Crosse and Detroit will come to an end on Jan. 9, as part of service cutbacks which have occurred in the airline industry in the wake of COVID-19.

The daily Detroit service began in March of 2019. La Crosse airport director Ian Turner told WIZM the service went well for the first year, then the pandemic set in.

“That’s really beneficial to us, to demonstrate that there is a desire and a need here in the La Crosse community and the greater Coulee Region to have additional service to some other destinations other than Minneapolis and Chicago,” Turner said.

Turner believes La Crosse is fortunate, compared to some other cities, where airlines have ended service altogether.

Delta will still offer daily flights connecting La Crosse to Minneapolis and Chicago, and American Airlines continues flights between Chicago O’Hare and La Crosse.

The airport saw 7,703 passengers take scheduled commercial flights through La Crosse in November. That is slightly below October numbers but higher than the volume during the same month of 2019, many weeks before the start of the pandemic.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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