Delta outlines LaGuardia push

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Delta Air Lines plans to roll-out new service from LaGuardia in two waves next year - bringing online new flying in March and July.

The carrier revealed its new LaGuardia schedule following the closing of a slot swap deal that sees Delta gaining 132 slot pairs at the New York airport from US Airways and US Airways gaining 42 pairs from Delta at Washington National.

Many of the markets Delta is introducing from LaGuardia are served by US Airways. But Delta estimates that mainly through upgauging of aircraft it will add four million seats annually from LaGuardia.

Delta is planning to launch flights in March from LaGuardia to the following cities - Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York; Dayton, Ohio; Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina; Manchester, New Hampshire; Miami and Fort Myers, Florida; Roanoke, Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; and Nassau, Bahamas.

In July Delta aims to debut LaGuardia flights to additional markets - Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax, Canada; Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington, North Carolina; Portland, Maine; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Myrtle Beach, Greenville-Spartanburg and Colombia, South Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; Washington-Dulles; Denver, Colorado; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Charlottesville, Virginia; Bangor, Maine; and Nashville, Tennessee.

For the upstate New York markets - Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester - Delta said it is adding all new jet service to replace US Airways' turboprop flying.

Speaking at Delta's recent investor day carrier EVP of network planning, revenue management and marketing Glen Hauenstein stressed through the slot swap deal Delta gains a connectivity base at LaGuardia it does not currently enjoy. Joining Hauenstein Delta's SVP of New York Gail Grimmett said by simply getting its "fair share" of New York revenue, Delta could increase its own revenue by $200 million.

The carrier aims to achieve that revenue goal by capitalising on the LaGuardia expansion, expanding and using its JFK hub more efficiently and delivering a high-quality product, said Grimmett.