Delta Airlines having come to an tentative accord with its Pilots union now is continuing its re-alignment of flights by increasing those coming out of the New York Metropolitan region. Delta is using this period under bankruptcy to redefine the airline into more of a longer haul and potentially higher margin carrier while reducing costs to the level of the low cost airlines.
On June 10, Delta plans to launch Saturday-only nonstop flights from close-in LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Las Vegas (LAS) and Los Angeles International (LAX). A Boeing 757, Flight 1663, will leave LaGuardia at 9:00am on Saturdays and get to the gate at Las Vegas McCarran International at 11:30am. The return flight, DL 1662, departs Las Vegas at 12:30pm and gets back to New York LaGuardia at 8:20 pm.
The LaGuardia to Los Angeles flight, DL 1643, departs New York at 8:45am and arrives at Los Angeles at 11:40am, just in time for lunch. It too is a narrowbody 757. The return circuit is DL 1644, which pushes back from the gate at Los Angeles at 12:35pm, and arrives at New York LaGuardia at 9:05pm.
Out on Long Island, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Delta’s prime East Coast international launchpad, Delta Connection plans to operate two daily nonstops to Burlington, Vermont (BTV) from July 5. Canadair Regional Jets will make the trip.
When all of Delta’s new activity out of New York is totaled up, the carrier will offer travelers more than 260 peak daily flights from LaGuardia and JFK to some 81 destinations. Via Cheap Flights.