just read this article and hate to see delta and skywest squabbling. any more details would be appreciated.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 1 (Reuters) - SkyWest Inc (SKYW.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday it has sued Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) over the airline's withholding of $25 million in payments to SkyWest subsidiaries SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which operate as Delta commuter airlines.
SkyWest said Delta "unilaterally" withheld the pretax funds from a weekly scheduled wire payment to the two carriers in December. Delta claimed the funds, which had been paid to the carriers' passengers as "irregular operations expenses," were not reimbursable under their contract with Delta.
The case was filed in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia. (Reporting by Gina Keating)
It's simple really.... Delta has finally decided that ASA needs to be held financially accountable for their inability to run an airline. Pity DL did not start this earlier. The DOT Stats tell it all... Look where ASA usually ranks. Delaying flights 3-6 hours only to cancel later when Delta stations ask them to cancel earlier in the day is a great dis-service to the customer.
ASA has "tarnished" SkyWest's great reputation as an airline. I have a lot of respect and admiration for SkyWest...
My understanding of this particular lawsuit is that is it is with regard to the preemptive cancellation of multiple Delta Connection flights in/out of the ATL airport at the direction of Delta on particular days where a wintry mix of weather was expected. Skywest is paid by Delta on the basis of completed flights; thus the dispute. Can anyone verify this? With regard to the numerous delays of ASA (owned by Skywest) and other Delta Connection carriers in/out of Atlanta, besides those which can't be avoided due to weather or ATC traffic saturation, since the summer of 2007 , all gate and ramp operations and employees in Atlanta for Delta and Delta Connection flights have been under the operation and control of Delta and Delta employees, and yet ontime performance has seemingly deteriorated even more. One might conclude that the continuing problems with ontime performance at the Delta hub appear related more to the quality and motivation of the available pool of workers to hire from at that location or perhaps from scheduling shortfalls.