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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Delta Air Line's downgrade at Memphis International Airport became official Tuesday morning as it pulled the plug on 29 flights due to high fuel costs and lack of ticket sales out of Memphis.

As of Sept. 3 there are now only 64 daily flights departing and arriving in Memphis.

The news of Delta's diminished presence is not sitting well with airline commuters.

"That's nothing!," said Laurie Rowell. "No, not compared to what it was."

MORE: Delta de-hubbing Memphis, drops 29 flights

Rowell has three sisters who each live in different states. She admitted with Delta's de-hubbing of Memphis, it's going to be harder for her sisters to visit Rowell now. But are more worried about others?

"I think it's cutting out too many jobs. More people are going to be out of work. People have lost enough jobs already. Can't afford to lose anymore."

Susan Clark said she loves her Delta SkyMiles but may stop flying Delta completely because of the airline's latest move against Memphis, especially if Southwest Airlines comes in and does what she needs.

"Well I usually fly Delta, so that kind of puts a damper on things, especially when you're traveling business," she said.

MORE: Southwest announces new service and $79 fares for Memphis
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Despite the latest bad news from Delta, there is a silver lining. Southwest is expected to begin daily service in Memphis on Nov. 3, flying non-stop to five major cities: Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Chicago (Midway), and Tampa Bay. With Southwest's flight schedule, Memphis will see an increase from four to five nonstop destinations served and an increase from 77 to 80 total markets served (including one-stop).

Also on Nov. 3, Southwest will begin service to Pensacola, Fla., and Richmond, Va., completing the planned arrival by year's end of Southwest's Low Fares and Legendary Customer Service in 89 domestic destinations, including all previously served by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.

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