KANSAS CITY, November 20, 2008 ? The Kansas City Aviation Department today announced a significant increase in nonstop air service at Kansas City International Airport by Delta Air Lines. On March 2, 2009, Delta will inaugurate new nonstop service to New York?LaGuardia with two daily flights and will add one flight to Delta?s growing New York?JFK hub on April 3. The service will be supplemented April 3 with one additional departure to New York?LaGuardia. The flights will be operated by Delta Connection partner Comair with Canadair Regional Jet 900 equipment.
KCI Airport has not enjoyed nonstop service to New York?JFK since 1999. According to U.S. Department of Transportation data, Kansas City is currently the most popular destination from the New York City area (LaGuardia, JFK and Newark) that does not have nonstop service to or from JFK. The daily flight to JFK is timed to seamlessly connect to Delta's international destinations in Europe and Africa.
"Given the economic climate, we are enthused with this increase in service and greatly appreciate Delta?s commitment to the Kansas City market,? said Mark VanLoh, director of aviation for the department. ?Nearly 400,000 passengers flew between Kansas City and the New York area last year. This additional service will greatly improve travel options for business and leisure travelers alike.?
The Delta service enhancements come on the heels of new nonstop service by Southwest Airlines between Kansas City and Ft. Lauderdale begun November 2. Delta currently provides 16 daily departures from KCI to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. The carrier is the fifth largest at KCI with 7.5 percent passenger market share at KCI year to date.
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved a merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines. At first, Kansas City travelers will see no changes to facilities, check-in areas or gates. This transition toward one company will take place during the next 12-24 months. At current passenger levels a combined Delta and Northwest would rank number two with 14.9 percent passenger market share in Kansas City.
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