Delta continues expansion to most popular destinations from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
New service to Austin and Phoenix, year-round service to Seattle, and increased capacity in 15 other markets highlight improvements
By Delta News Hub staff
Delta Air Lines is expanding travel options for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky customers with new service to Austin and Phoenix in 2018. With these additions Delta will serve all Top 20 domestic markets and 36 destinations in total, including Delta’s popular nonstop service to Paris – Charles de Gaulle.
“We are proud to be Cincinnati’s No. 1 global airline,” said Eric Phillips, Senior Vice President – Pricing & Revenue Management and Delta’s Cincinnati Market Executive. “With these additions, customers in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will have more choices to go to the top business and leisure destinations that are important to them, and we look forward to continuing this growth.”
During the past two years, Delta has increased capacity by 12 percent via new markets, added frequencies and introduced product improvements. With 82 peak-day departures, Delta offers a First Class cabin on 78 percent of all Cincinnati flights. Additionally, mainline departures have increased more than 30 percent while departures on single- class 50-seat regional jets have declined by more than 25 percent.
“CVG is pleased to see Delta grow its business at CVG,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “Delta experienced local CVG passenger growth of more than 10 percent in 2017 and has increased their passenger volume at CVG for 27 consecutive months. The addition of these new markets combined with schedule enhancements to our most popular destinations will help continue that trend and continue to make CVG the airport of choice in the Tri-State region.”
“New nonstop Delta service to top markets and added availability on busy routes are a winning combination for businesses throughout the Cincinnati region,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “The increased ability for our businesses to more easily connect with their opportunities both in and outside of greater Cincinnati will continue to impact our local economy in so many positive ways.”
“We are excited Delta continues to expand their service for the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky business community,” said Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “They continue to play a critical role for our economy.”
New Service to Austin and Phoenix
Beginning May 1, daily (except Sat.) service to and from Austin will operate as follows:
Beginning Nov. 4, daily service to and from Phoenix will operate as follows:
Year-round Seattle service and more Baltimore frequency
Summer seasonal Seattle nonstop service will move to year-round effective March 2 based on strong demand from both
business and leisure customers. In addition, a third frequency will be added to Baltimore beginning May 7 to provide more convenient schedule options for business customers.
Additional service to existing markets
Delta is upgrading capacity in 15 markets with the following highlights:
· In December, Delta upgraded Denver service from Boeing 717s to larger MD90 aircraft, responding to customer demand and providing over 40 percent more seats.
· Beginning May 1, service to Ft. Myers, Fla. will be upgraded to 110-seat Boeing 717 aircraft, up from 76-seat regional jets.
· Select flights to Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham and Las Vegas will see added seat capacity.
· This August, service to Tampa will retain Boeing 717 equipment instead of a seasonal downguage to a 76-seat regional jet.
· Starting this April Delta will improve its Saturday schedule in Chicago O’Hare, and then expand Saturday flying in Baltimore, Boston, Washington Reagan National, Raleigh Durham and select Florida markets in June.
These enhancements further augment moves Delta made in Cincinnati in 2017, including moreflying to the top business markets and more First Class seating. Delta will operate 82 peak-daydepartures to 36 total destinations, including Phoenix, by November 2018 including the popularnonstop service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, operated in conjunction with joint venture partnerAir France-KLM. Cancun and Toronto service round out Delta’s international offerings from CVG.
Delta offers full flat-bed seats in Delta One on all flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Delta One customers enjoy Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding featuring a full-size pillow and quilted comforter, chef-designed cuisine, a wine program curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, a TUMI amenity kit featuring Kiehl's Since 1851 skincare products and an Alessi-designed collection of serviceware. Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ will benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Main Cabin seats, as well as priority boarding, and every customer will enjoy Delta Studio, which includes hundreds of complimentary movies, TV shows, songs and games as well as Wi-Fi access.