Delta Air Lines plans to add more flights between New York City and key global business markets this year, with nearly 30 cities slated...

Last week, the airline reinstated year-round service from JFK to Shannon and Manchester and expanded its existing year-round service to Brussels to daily. In June, larger aircraft operating on flights from JFK to Athens, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Nice, Tel Aviv and Tokyo-Narita will offer more seats, while flights to Cairo will operate daily. Delta will also introduce the only year-round nonstop service from JFK to Copenhagen and Stockholm beginning May 27.

As part of its joint venture with Air France-KLM, Delta also has reinstated a third daily flight between JFK and the Amsterdam hub to expand connecting opportunities between New York and destinations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. With more than 230 daily trans-Atlantic flights and a fleet of 135 aircraft, the joint venture between Air France-KLM and Delta offers customers access to nearly 300 destinations in North America and 200 destinations throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Increased domestic service from New York

Domestically, Delta will expand service to 12 cities from New York’s LaGuardia and JFK airports.

Three new business markets will be added beginning September 7, including three new daily round-trip flights between LaGuardia and Nashville, four daily flights between LaGuardia and St. Louis and one daily flight between JFK and San Antonio.

Delta Air Lines' domestic and regional international fleet includes a large number of Boeing 737-800s

In September, Delta will also increase daily service on nine existing routes, adding daily flights between LaGuardia and Norfolk, Richmond and Kansas City; and between JFK and Cleveland, Charlotte, Baltimore, Richmond, Montreal and Toronto.

Service on each new route will feature First and Economy class cabins, with flights operated by 76-seat Embraer 175 jets to Nashville and St. Louis and 124-seat Airbus A319s to San Antonio. Expanded service in existing markets will be operated with a mix of one- and two-class regional jets.

Delta previously announced the expansion of its Delta Shuttle to include service to Chicago O’Hare beginning June 14, replacing existing flights between LaGuardia and Chicago Midway. With this addition, Delta will be the only airline offering shuttle service to New York’s top three business markets: Chicago O’Hare, Boston Logan and Washington Reagan National.

Added first-class domestic service

As part of its efforts to increase First Class-upgrade opportunities for customers in small- and medium-sized communities, Delta is increasing the number of dual-class jets operating on weekday flights between LaGuardia and Indianapolis, Columbus, Raleigh-Durham, Birmingham and Madison. The new dual-class service goes into effect in September.

With these additions, Delta claims it will be operating the most two-class jet departures of any New York airline, with two-class mainline and regional aircraft serving more than 80 per cent of its nonstop New York markets.

Earlier this year, Delta announced it would invest $1 billion through 2013 to improve aircraft and airport facilities throughout its system, with a particular focus in New York and other large business markets.

For domestic customers, these upgrades include adding First Class cabins to 66 CRJ700s operated by Delta Connection carriers ASA, Comair and SkyWest, bringing to 219 the number of regional aircraft with First Class cabins.

Internationally, Delta’s upgrades are focused on installing full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on 90 international widebody aircraft and adding in-seat audio and video on demand throughout the economy-class cabins on 68 international aircraft.

Delta says that since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub it has made major investments across the tri-state region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. Along with adding more than 40 new markets from LaGuardia and JFK combined, Delta says it has created more than 2,000 jobs across the state, invested heavily in New York sponsorships and advertising and completed more than $70 million in facility upgrades at JFK’s Terminals 2 and 3.

Flight schedules for Delta’s expanded service from LaGuardia and JFK are available online at

Delta notes that portions of the travel for some of its new flight itineraries from New York may be on Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest.

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