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ASA possible sale no concern to travelers

Dougherty County -- Delta Airlines reportedly is negotiating the sale of its regional carrier that serves Albany's airport. But airport supervisors say the deal is still up in the air, and Southwest Georgia travelers should not be concerned.

A number of reports say that Delta is negotiating the sale of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the only carrier that serves the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. Albany Aviation Commission Chairman Barry Taylor said "all the airlines are catching it, and trying to cut back."

 SkyWest CFO Bradford Rich told an investor conference that they were in early stage discussions with Delta about buying one of it's commuter airlines, ASA or Comair. Albany Aviation Commission Chairman Barry Taylor says the sale could be good for local travelers. "Whomever is flying in or out of Albany, to improve our service and keep it number one."

Taylor says Delta's lowering of air fares has increased passenger numbers in Albany. SkyWest operates regional feeder jets for Delta out of Salt Lake City. Rich said SkyWest would be in the best position to take advantage of buying the commuter airlines.

ASA spokespersons say they have no comment on the reported sale talks. Delta is the third largest U.S. airline, but is struggling with huge financial losses.

ASA reported earnings in their fourth quarter financial statements. Delta stock rose 11 cents in Tuesday morning trading as rumors of the sale became known.

posted by jimw@walb.com

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