St. Louis looking to lure Delta airlines to Lambert airport

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Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 10 at 11:05 AM

(KMOV) - Sources are reporting that Delta would like to bring a hub to St. Louis with up to 80 flights a day.

Airport officials say that St. Louis isn't big enough to support a hub. However, Delta runs a hub in Memphis where the population is 1.3 million, compared to nearly 3 million in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

St. Louis is currently the largest city in the United States without a direct flight to Europe. One possibility keeping Lambert from landing the hub is landing fees. Lambert charges airlines $8 for every thousand pounds, compared to $1.40 in Memphis.

Cargo flights help to offset the costs in Memphis, the home of Federal Express.

Another possible hangup is Delta's cramped concourse location. They currently operate nearly as many flights as American, but have fewer gates.

Mayor Slay says he will continue to talk with Delta, and anyone willing to add flights to Lambert.


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