U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, released a caustic statement Wednesday attacking Delta Air Lines in light of the carrier’s decision to end its direct Memphis-to-Amsterdam flight.
Cohen referred to the move as the latest in “Delta’s growing string of broken promises.”
“In a 2008 Judiciary Committee hearing about the proposed Delta Northwest merger, I asked Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson if the Memphis to Amsterdam flight would continue if the merger was approved, and Mr. Anderson gave me his word that it would continue,” Cohen said, in a statement from his office. “I was disappointed to learn last February that Delta planned to scale back the flight to a summer seasonal schedule but took Delta at their word that they would bring back the flight in the summer of 2013. Now that Delta has eliminated the flight altogether, I am disappointed that Delta has once again broken a promise they made to me and the people of Memphis.”
Cohen went on to say that airline executives assured him Memphis would not lose jobs or flights as a result of the Delta-Northwest merger – “two promises that have been broken.”