FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The on-going pilot shortage is taking its toll on airlines and Delta is no exception. A spokesperson for Fort Wayne International Airport confirmed to WANE 15 that Delta will end non-stop service between Detroit and Fort Wayne starting October 5.

The airport has been spared of service reductions until now according to Katie Robinson, Fort Wayne International Airport Marketing Specialist. Delta is also cutting flights in other cities.

To counter the loss of the Fort Wayne to Detroit flight, Robinson noted that Delta will be upgrading the aircraft it uses for its Fort Wayne to Atlanta and Minneapolis flights to larger planes. The two routes will go from using 50 seat Bombardier CRJ200 planes to Bombardier CRJ900 planes which seat 76 people.

There’s also hope that if the pilot shortage eases up, Delta could add the Detroit flight back in late summer of 2023.