Delta To Add 21 Flights At Los Angeles

May 10, 2007

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Delta Air Lines said it will add 21 new daily flights at Los Angeles International Airport, which it plans to turn into a future hub for service to Asia and Latin America.

With the expansion, which begins July 1, Delta will have up to 100 daily departures to 48 cities from Los Angeles.

The new Delta flights, which will be operated by regional partner ExpressJet, connect LA with cities such as Denver, Phoenix and Boise.

The new flights will be served by ExpressJet's 50 passenger planes, which will be flying as a Delta Connection carrier.

ExpressJet said it will be responsible for pricing and revenue management on the flights and maintenance of the planes. The arrangement limits Delta's risks on the new routes.

Delta also plans to expand its presence at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. But the carrier has not made a decision on the level of investment at the airport, Chief Financial Officer Edward Bastian said at a Bear Stearns investor conference.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that the carrier was reviving plans to spend as much as USD$1 billion to overhaul its facilities at JFK.

(Reuters)