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Delta Airlines will put an end to its service between Victoria and Seattle in early September.

The Victoria International Airport confirms that the Atlanta-based airline will halt its three daily return flights between the two cities on Sept. 2.

“Airlines are constantly evaluating the performance of their routes,” writes Rod Hunchak, the Airport’s Director of Business Development and Community Relations.

“And in terms of the Victoria/Seattle service, they have indicated that it has underperformed financially for them.”

The service was first announced in 2015 and launched in April 2016.

Delta confirmed they are cancelling the three connecting flights operated by a Delta Connection carrier on E-175 aircraft.

“Delta continuously evaluates and optimizes its route network and has made the decision to end service between Seattle and Victoria, B.C., out of business considerations. The last day of service will be September 2,” the company said in a statement.

The airline saw it as a way to give travellers on Vancouver Island quick access to Delta’s international flights to and from SeaTac Airport.

Delta is the second airline to halt flights between Victoria and a major American city in less than a year.

In the fall, United Airlines cancelled its service between Victoria and San Francisco after more than a decade due to low demand.

Ben O'Hara