Delta's expanded flight offerings from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport go beyond two additions of flights to Phoenix and Austin, which were announced Monday.
Service from CVG to 15 existing markets will be expanded with these offerings:
• Summer nonstop seasonal service to Seattle will be offered year-round, starting March 2.A third weekly flight to Baltimore will be added May 7.
The expansions were a response to strong demand from both leisure and business travelers, Delta said.
• Last December, Delta added 40 seats to Denver flights by upgrading from Boeing 717s to a larger MD90 aircraft.
• Fort Myers, Florida service will be upgraded from a 76-seat regional jet to a 110-seat Boeing 717 May 1.
• More seat capacity will be added to select flights to Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham and Las Vegas.
• Tampa, Florida service will retain a Boeing 717 in August instead of a seasonal downgraded to a 76-seat jet.
• Delta's Saturday schedule to Chicago O'Hare will be improved starting April.
• In June, Delta will expand Saturday flying options to Baltimore, Boston, Washington Reagan National, Raleigh Durham and select Florida markets.
Flights from CVG to Austin will start May 1 and flights to Phoenix will start Nov. 4, Delta announced. The Phoenix flights will be a daily service. The Austin flights will run daily except for Saturdays.
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Delta is Cincinnati's No. 1 global airline, said Eric Phillips, Delta's Cincinnati market executive in a news release.
“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," Phillips said.
Delta's news prompted reactions from airport and Cincinnati business leaders.
“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.
Meyer said more flights positively impact the local economy by allowing businesses to connect with their opportunities.
“CVG is pleased to see Delta grow its business at CVG,” said Candace McGraw, the chief executive officer of CVG. “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."
Brent Cooper, president of Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, said Delta continuing to expand service for the business community is exciting.
"They continue to play a critical role for our economy," Cooper said.