(ATLANTA) -- Delta Air Lines and its international partners -- Air France KLM and Alitalia -- announced Thursday that they will be scaling back international routes this fall due to rising fuel costs and a sluggish economy.
The reduction could be as much as a nine percent difference from last year. It will affect trans-Atlantic flights between Europe and North America.
"Our alliance allows us to make strategic decisions about our network and operate as a single airline on trans-Atlantic flights," said Bruno Matheu, Air France KLM's executive vice president of Network, Revenue Management and Marketing. "Combining our efforts, we are able to leverage the benefits of the joint venture to respond to economic and external cost pressures."
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