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Delta Adds New Services From New York-LaGuardia and Basic Economy Fare

March 27, 2012 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

Delta Air Lines reports new service to 11 new cities from New York-LaGuardia as it embarks on the largest expansion of the New York City airport in more than 40 years.

The new flights are part of a major expansion by Delta in New York to create a domestic hub in the busiest aviation market in the world. The airline will increase service at LaGuardia by 60 percent, with 100 new flights and 26 new destinations in spring and summer 2012, Delta said.

When its full schedule is implemented, Delta will operate more than 260 daily flights between LaGuardia and more than 60 cities, exceeding any other carrier. 
Customers can now connect to new business markets through LaGuardia, including Dallas; Miami; Washington-Dulles; Syracuse, N.Y.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Richmond, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Burlington, Vt.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Louisville, Ky. Delta will offer up to four million additional seats in New York without added congestion.

Delta also has announced its  Basic Economy fare product for domestic travel on Delta flights between Detroit (DTW) and the following cities in Florida:

Detroit (DTW) to/from: Orlando (MCO), Ft. Myers (RSW), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA).

Basic Economy may be expanded to other markets in the future as determined by Delta., the airline said.

As of March 13, 2012, Delta began offering customers the ability to customize their flight experience through the purchase of “Trip Extras” which are available for purchase on Basic Economy and other Delta fares in select domestic markets.

The Basic Economy product is designed to offer consumer choice and customization to the individual’s travel experience, Delta said. The product is ideal for travelers who seek the lowest fare option, do not intend to make changes and do not consider seat choice an important part of their travel experience. Customers who prefer selecting seats and having flexibility in travel should consider fare options other than Basic Economy.

Basic Economy Fare Highlights:
    Are identifiable by class of service “E”
    Will be published and available via GDS
    Voluntary changes will not be permitted
    Are non-refundable (except due to involuntary cases, such as irregular operations
    Are combinable only with other Basic Economy fares
    Itinerary must be all E class segments or no E class segments
    E class interline combinations are not permitted
    Advance seat assignments are not permitted. Seats will be assigned by Delta at the time of customer check-in, and once assigned, no changes will be allowed.

Delta said Same Day Confirmed, schedule changes, irregular operations, baggage handling and all other processes are treated the same for Basic Economy fares as they are for any other fare type purchased.


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By George Dooley | March 27, 2012
Delta Air Lines embarks on the largest expansion of the New York City airport in more than 40 years.
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