Delta Connection Expands Service

21st Feb 2003

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will increase jet service from two major New York airports in April with a total of 14 new Delta Connection round-trip flights to Atlanta and nine other cities. Delta Connection carrier Comair will offer customers new, daily nonstop regional jet service April 6 between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and the cities of Manchester, N.H.; and Lexington, Ky., and will launch service on April 12 between LaGuardia and Knoxville, Tenn.
Delta Connection carrier Comair also will add three previously announced round-trip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport on April 23, earlier than the planned June 1 start-up. The new schedule will offer customers traveling between Atlanta and New York-JFK a choice of eight daily departures on Delta and Delta Connection. With two additional roundtrip flights June 1, service will increase to 10 daily flights, a 100 percent increase between the two cities compared to the current schedule.

Delta Connection also will expand nonstop jet service April 6 with one additional daily roundtrip flight each between LaGuardia and the cities of Charleston and Columbia, S.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Savannah, Ga. Additional round-trip service between LaGuardia and the cities of Birmingham, Ala.; and Jacksonville, Fla., will start April 12.

Comair will operate all of these new April flights with Bombardier CRJ regional jets. With the new schedule, customers will have the choice of four daily flights between LaGuardia and the cities of Charleston, Jacksonville and Lexington, and three daily flights each to Birmingham, Columbia, and Savannah.

“Convenient and direct access to and from New York is important to our customers, especially to the business communities of the small- and mid-sized cities we serve,’’ said Subodh Karnik, Delta’s senior vice president - Network and Revenue Management. “Delta, which serves all six New York-area airports, is committed to continued growth. New York has always been an important part of Delta’s worldwide network, and our service is expanding in several ways, including these new Delta Connection routes and the coming inauguration of Florida low-fare service with Song on April 15.”

In September 2002, Delta introduced a series of innovative service options at LaGuardia to get customers out of lines and through the airport more quickly. Delta and Delta Connection customers now have access to more self-service kiosks than any other airline at LaGuardia. With an average wait time of less than three minutes and an average transaction time of 90 seconds, kiosks are available to all customers traveling domestically on electronic tickets.
Known for its convenience, comfort and speed, the CRJ carries passengers in a two-by-two seating arrangement; every seat is an aisle or window, with no middle seats. The plane can cruise at a speed of 530 mph at altitudes as high as 41,000 feet and is recognized as the quietest commercial jet aircraft in the world.


Delta Connection carriers include Delta’s wholly owned subsidiaries Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair, additional regional carriers Atlantic Coast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, and codeshare partner American Eagle (in California). Delta Connection carriers operate more than 300 regional jets throughout North America.

Delta Air Lines, the world’s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 6,389 flights each day to 440 destinations in 80 countries on Delta, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta’s worldwide partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For more information, please go to



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