Delta Air Lines will link Missouri's Kansas City International airport with New York LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, starting 2 March and 3 April respectively.
Delta Connection partner Comair will operate the twice daily service to LaGuardia and the once daily service to Kennedy using Bombardier CRJ900s.
A third LaGuardia departure will be added on 3 April.
Delta currently provides 16 daily departures from Kansas City to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. The SkyTeam alliance member is the fifth largest at the airport, with 7.5% passenger market share, year to date. At current passenger levels, a combined Delta and Northwest Airlines would rank number two with a 14.9% passenger market share, the Kansas City Aviation Department says in a statement.
Kansas City has been without nonstop service to Kennedy since 1999, but that has not tempered demand.
"Nearly 400,000 passengers flew between Kansas City and the New York area last year," department director Mark VanLoh says.
Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect already link Kansas City and LaGuardia, according to Innovata.