Delta First Class Flight 2450 New York LaGuardia-Denver – Review
New York Municipal Airport opened in 1939 following Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s hijacking of a flight to “New York” that actually had landed at Newark (in New Jersey), the only commercial airport in the New York metropolitan area at the time. Later renamed LaGuardia Airport, it is the busiest airport in the United States that does not offer non-stop flights to Europe.
Indeed, LaGuardia is essentially a short-haul flight airport as a consequence of a perimeter rule that prohibits any non-stop flights longer than 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers). There are two exceptions to the rule: one is for flights on Saturdays and the other is for flights to and from Denver.
As a result, at 1,632 miles (2,626 kilometers), LaGuardia-Denver is the longest non-Saturday flight that operates on a scheduled basis. (For the curious, various Saturday flights have included a variety of destinations including Aruba, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Vail. Airlines, other than Delta, serving Denver include Frontier and United.)
It was a very quiet Saturday morning when I arrived at LaGuardia. One person was ahead of me at the TSA PreCheck security checkpoint and I was soon through security and in the Delta Sky Club, where I noticed an absence of the Belgian waffles that several colleagues and I have become fond of. Another passenger asked the lounge attendant about them and was told that Delta likes to change the menu every few months. Unfortunately, the breakfast scones paled in comparison to the waffles.
Delta boards first-class passengers before others and also offers those arriving later the use of the SkyPriority line. Since I had spent more time than usual reading and listening to music in the lounge, boarding had already started when I arrived at the gate but the SkyPriority line allowed me to skip any wait.
Delta operates Airbus A320 aircraft on this route, which carry a maximum of 150 passengers. On this flight, every seat was filled.