Delta juggles LaGuardia destinations

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Delta Air Lines is shifting around its slots at New York's LaGuardia airport, only nine months since it closed its swap for 132 slot pairs at the airport with US Airways.

The Atlanta-based SkyTeam carrier will end service to Ottawa on 31 October and Philadelphia on 2 November, freeing up eight slot pairs at LaGuardia. It cancelled once-daily Albany, New York, flights in June.

Delta will add frequencies to Miami and West Palm Beach from LaGuardia in its winter schedule, which includes parts of the fourth quarter and the first quarter of 2013, and to some secondary business markets, for example Charleston and Madison, with some of the freed up slot pairs, it says.

The carrier adds that it is adding one daily flight to its existing three between New York's John F. Kennedy airport and Philadelphia on 4 November.

No other airlines fly between LaGuardia and Albany, however, United Express flies between Newark and Albany four-times daily, according to Innovata schedules. Air Canada Jazz flies three-times daily between LaGuardia and Ottawa. US Airways and US Airways Express fly at least 12-times daily between LaGuardia and Philadelphia.

Airlines are allowed to keep up to 20% of their slots at LaGuardia idle, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Separately, Delta opened a new Sky Club in terminal C, which was formerly used solely by US Airways, as part of a $160 million investment in its facilities at LaGuardia on 5 September. A connector between terminals C and D is on track to open by the end of the year.