Not to be outdone by the aggressive expansion of the Jet Blue/American Airlines relationship throughout the Northeast corridor, Delta Air LInes has announced a dramatic increase in capacity that brings back nonstop service to the 40 largest city-pairs from both JFK International and LaGuardia airports.
Compared to this past summer, Delta’s schedule expansion will increase its capacity from JFK and LGA by a combined 25%. As the largest airline serving New York City (both JFK and LGA are located in the borough of Queens, while Newark-EWR is across the Hudson River in New Jersey), Delta offers in excess of 400 daily departures to 92 destinations.
The uptick in flights adds more than 100 flights each day compared to the summer schedule just ended. This equates to more than 8,000 additional seats daily to NYC’s largest markets. While business travel is increasing, albeit much more slowly than leisure traffic, Delta foresees a strong leap in international demand as more and more countries re-open to visitors after the COVID-19 cutbacks and temporary cessation of some routes.
Several key business markets will see an increase in service from Delta in New York, including Boston (BOS), Washington D.C.-National (DCA), Charlotte (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU). These routes will be in addition to the already increased lift to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) and Houston International (IAH).
Additionally, Delta is launching new service, effective November 1, nonstop from LaGuardia to Toronto (YYZ) and Worcester, Mass. (ORH). The Worcester route is an attempt to draw fliers from Boston’s west suburbs who currently need to travel to Boston-Logan, Providence or Hartford/Springfield for their airline service.