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Airline to pull out of two SC airports

A major air carrier says it will no longer fly to two South Carolina airports.

Delta Air Lines has stopped service to Hilton Head Island Airport starting Monday. The airline had originally said it would suspend its service over the winter and resume again in the spring, but now Delta officials say they are pulling out of Hilton Head for good.

The announcement came only two days after the airline said it would end flights to Florence Regional Airport. Delta said a significant decline in passengers and revenue led to the decision.

Another factor was Delta’s phaseout of the Saab 340 turboprop plane. Delta said it could not fill the seats on the plane, even if demand existed, because a full plane could not safely land on Hilton Head’s short runway. The company says no other plane in their fleet can land at the airport.

Passengers will still be able to fly into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, which is about 40 miles from the island. US Airways Express will also continue its service to both airports.

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