New Delta Flights from LaGuardia Hub
Delta Air Lines will add more than 100 new flights and 29 destinations in what is Delta’s largest New York expansion in decades. The investment will be the largest single expansion by any one carrier at LaGuardia likewise. Delta’s total flights will increase by more than 60 percent and total destinations by more than 75 percent. By summer 2012, Delta will operate 264 daily flights between LaGuardia and more than 60 cities, more than any other airline.
Between its domestic hub at LaGuardia, its international hub at JFK, and it’s presence at Newark, Delta will offer more domestic flights and seats from New York’s three major airports than any other carrier. Between the trio, Delta will have more than 400 daily domestic departures to destinations nationwide and touts it will benefit consumers across the state of New York and the Northeast with convenient new nonstop jet service to LaGuardia.
New, high-demand business markets from LaGuardia include Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Charlotte, Denver, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cleveland. Delta also will be adding frequency to business markets it currently serves, including Chicago, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Portland, Maine.
Flights will be available for sale on Saturday, Dec. 17, at delta.com and other ticketing outlets, for travel beginning March 25, 2012, and July 11, 2012, depending on the market served.
“Our new LaGuardia schedule puts Delta in nearly all of the top 50 markets from LaGuardia,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “It means we can get our customers to destinations across the U.S. with nonstop service and the convenience of LaGuardia.”
The full list of destination from New York LaGuardia includes:
- Albany, NY (ALB)
- Bangor, Maine (BGR)
- Nashville (BNA)
- Burlington, VT (BTV)
- Buffalo, NY (BUF)
- Columbia, SC (CAE)
- Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
- Cleveland (CLE)
- Charlotte, NC (CLT)
- Dayton, OH (DAY)
- Denver (DEN)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Greensboro, NC (GSO)
- Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)
- Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD)
- Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)
- Wilmington, NC (ILM)
- Indianapolis (IND)
- Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
- Kansas City, MO (MCI)
- Manchester, NH (MHT)
- Miami (MIA)
- Milwaukee (MKE)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
- Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
- Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
- Norfolk, VA (ORF)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Pittsburgh (PIT)
- Portland, Maine (PWM)
- Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)
- Richmond, VA. (RIC)
- Roanoke, VA (ROA)
- Rochester, NY (ROC)
- Fort Meyers, FL (RSW)
- Louisville, KY (SDF)
- St. Louis (STL)
- Syracuse, NY (SYR)
- Halifax, NS (YHZ)
- Ottawa, ON (YOW)
- Montreal, QC (YUL)
Many of these new routes will be operated by Delta Connection Carriers. Louisville (SDF), for example, is being operated by Delta Connection Carrier Chautauqua Airlines with 50 seat Embraer 145 (E-145) Equipment. Some routes, such as Louisville (SDF) will also receive a JFK frequency (operated by Chautauqua Airlines) timed for international connections.
“Delta’s new service will offer customers more flights, seats and travel choices than any other carrier in New York, one of the largest and most competitive aviation markets in the world,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Our expanded New York schedule is a clear indication that we’re making good headway with creative thinking and strategic moves to become the preferred airline for travelers flying to and from New York City.”
“This is another example of a global business investing more in New York, benefiting our economy and consumers” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Delta’s expansion will create hundreds of jobs, improve New York’s airport infrastructure and give New Yorkers greater travel opportunities. Delta continues the pattern of businesses partnering with us to make our State a better place.”
“Today’s announcement is great news for New York City and for the millions who fly here every year,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “In addition to the traveling public, this expansion will benefit the City’s economy by creating both construction and permanent jobs.”
The additional LaGuardia flights will be available under an agreement between Delta and US Airways to exchange takeoff and landing rights at LaGuardia and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., which was approved earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Delta closed its agreement with US Airways on Dec. 13.
The transaction generated significant support from elected and community leaders in New York and Washington, D.C. The DOT concluded that the agreement will increase competition and create significant benefits for consumers. The expansion will increase passenger traffic at LaGuardia considerably, adding up to 4 million new seats annually without increasing aircraft congestion.
The upgraded schedule at LaGuardia is the latest offering for Delta’s business customers in New York. Last year the airline added Chicago O’Hare to its popular Delta Shuttle business product, renovated a Delta Sky Club at LaGuardia and has added more than 2,000 premium seats, in-flight WiFi and other amenities to its fleet.
In addition to key business markets, Delta will be adding new all-jet service from LaGuardia to key upstate New York markets, including Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, replacing turboprop aircraft operated by US Airways. Delta also will be adding service to smaller communities including Wilmington, N.C.; Roanoke Va.; and Burlington, VT. Many of these markets will be served with a variety of regional jets from 50 seats upwards.
The larger jet aircraft utilized by Delta means up to 4 million additional seats will be available at LaGuardia without increasing congestion.
As part of the expansion, Delta will invest $100 million to create an expanded main terminal at LaGuardia in Terminals C and D, where it will operate a total of 26 gates. A 600-foot connector bridge will be built to conveniently link the two terminals. Delta also will convert the existing US Airways lounge in Terminal C to a Delta Sky Club, while continuing to operate its current Sky Club in Terminal D.
Delta will continue to operate its popular hourly Delta Shuttle to Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago from its six gates at the Marine Air Terminal.
Delta’s expanded LaGuardia service will create an estimated 700 jobs in the New York region. In addition, the expansion and related airport construction will directly and indirectly generate an estimated 6,000 new jobs in New York.
Delta has more than 7,000 New York-based employees.