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Delta cuts back on La Crosse service, as summer air travel remains down

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A summertime downturn in air travel through La Crosse could get worse, with word that Delta Airlines has cut back its local service to just one flight a day to Minneapolis.

Delta suspended its flights between La Crosse and Detroit several months ago.

Shortages in airline staffing have been blamed for a decline in passenger flights around the country.

The La Crosse Airport had 5,189 commercial passengers in July, which was the second lowest monthly figure for this year, compared to 5012 travelers in June.

The total for this year through July is just over 39,000. Before the pandemic, LSE had two consecutive years where over 95,000 passengers rode on flights through La Crosse.

In a typical July, 7,000-9,000 would take airline flights through La Crosse.

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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