Bradley’s Only Transcontinental Flight Cut Back

Amid all the hoopla about Bradley’s first transAtlantic flight I failed to notice a less encouraging development – until a reader pointed it out. The only direct flight from Bradley to the West Coast has been cut back from seven days a week to four.

Delta Flight 1518, which took off every afternoon for Los Angeles, will no longer fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Saturday flight was dropped last week. The Tuesday and Wednesday flights were dropped this week. (Delta also changed the departure time from 3:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

After the 2001 terror attacks, Bradley lost both of its transcontinental flights – one on United to San Francisco and the other on American to Los Angeles. Four years later, Delta started its direct service to Los Angeles on its now defunct Song subsidiary, then continued it as a daily Delta flight on a 737-800.

Delta temporarily cut back on the Los Angeles flight late in 2005, after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Let’s hope this cutback is temporary, too. As the reader who brought this to my attention pointed out, having to change planes adds hours to a trip.


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