Getting to FSU and FAMU games is getting even harder -- and right in the middle of football season. Not to mention trying to do face-to-face business with the State of Florida.
As of Oct. 1, Delta is eliminating its direct flights from MIA and FLL to Tallahassee, leaving American Airlines as the sole carrier offering nonstop service from South Florida (from Miami) to the state capital.
"We've made a strategy change and opted to route passengers through our hubs rather than offering point-to-point service,'' said Delta spokesperson Susan Elliott. High fuel prices played a role in the decision, she said.
The tip-off came from reader Andy Kay of Aventura, who discovered the change when trying to make holiday reservations for his daughter, an FSU student. ''Is any other airline planning on filling the gap? How is AA going to meet the demand of business, student and government travelers to our state capital with just 2 flights from only Miami?,'' he asks.
AA says no, it's planning to keep service as it is. And officials at MIA say they know of no plans by other airlines to start up service.
Meanwhile, Delta fliers will now connect in Atlanta, then come back south. Delta's cheapest routing -- we found it priced at $197 from Fort Lauderdale -- requires a stop in Atlanta, then Philadelphia, before arriving in Tallahassee. From Miami, $165 will buy you a seat -- via an AA flight to New York's La Guardia, then a Delta flight through Atlanta.
Not sure how that's going to save on fuel.