Delta Investing $145 Million in New Domestic LaGuardia Hub
Eva Leonard reports live from Delta’s press conference in New York City
“This is a very competitive market, and we do want to be the competitor of choice,” said Gail Grimmett, a senior vice president at Delta responsible for the airline’s activities in New York State. “With this expansion, we’re providing the service that the business traveler has asked for.”
Delta will be adding nonstop service from LaGuardia to key domestic business destinations, including Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Miami and Milwaukee and expanding frequency to other cities including Chicago and Nashville. Additionally, Terminals C and D will be linked by a 200-foot terminal connector located behind security, and Terminal C’s US Airways lounge will be converted to a Delta Sky Club. The Terminal D Sky Club will remain in operation.
As part of an agreement that the Department of Transportation approved earlier this year, Delta will be swapping slots with US Airways, reducing Delta’s capacity at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National airport, while increasing its capacity at LaGuardia. Delta also announced plans to fly larger aircraft on some LaGuardia routes, and that it was working with the DOT on an airspace redesign initiative, including an investment in next-generation air traffic control to reduce congestion at LaGuardia.
Additionally, Delta’s $1.2 billion expansion and makeover of Terminal 4 at JFK is scheduled for completion in April 2013.