WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Delta Air Lines is launching daily service today between Wilmington International Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport, joining US Airways in providing service from the Port City to the New York gateway.
Delta will add a second daily flight July 11 as it completes the largest route expansion at LaGuardia in more than 40 years.
"An important part of our strategy to become the preferred airline in New York is connecting to key business markets, and that includes daily jet service between Wilmington and LaGuardia," Delta's senior vice president–New York Gail Grimmett said in a statement.
The new route will use 50-seat regional jets operated by Delta Connection carrier Chatauqua Airlines.
Delta also offers service from ILM to Atlanta. In addition to non-stop service LaGuardia, US Airways flies from Wilmington to Charlotte and Philadelphia. Allegiant makes trips twice a week to Orlando-Sanford Airport in Florida.
The new flights are part of Delta's expansion in New York. The airline will increase service at LaGuardia by 60 percent, with 100 new flights and 26 new destinations in spring and summer 2012. When its full schedule is implemented, Delta will operate more than 260 daily flights between LaGuardia and more than 60 cities, exceeding any other carrier.
Delta is investing $160 million to modernize two terminals at LaGuardia and build a connector between them. The expansion at LaGuardia is part of the airline’s strategy to be the preferred carrier in New York, with new routes and more frequencies.