Delta increasing LaGuardia presence

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is upping its presence at New York’s LaGuardia airport, adding more than 100 new flights and 29 new cities, the airline said.

The move to create a new domestic hub positions Delta to better compete against American and United airlines, The Associated Press reported.

“This is another example of a global business investing more in New York, benefiting our economy and consumers” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. “Delta’s expansion will create hundreds of jobs, improve New York’s airport infrastructure and give New Yorkers greater travel opportunities. Delta continues the pattern of businesses partnering with us to make our State a better place.”

By next summer, Atlanta-based Delta will offer 264 daily flights to more than 60 cities from LaGuardia, the airline said.

“Delta’s new service will offer customers more flights, seats and travel choices than any other carrier in New York, one of the largest and most competitive aviation markets in the world,” Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer, said in a news release. “Our expanded New York schedule is a clear indication that we’re making good headway with creative thinking and strategic moves to become the preferred airline for travelers flying to and from New York City.”

Earlier this month, Delta and US Airways announced an agreement to exchange takeoff and landing rights at LaGuardia and Reagan National Airport in Washington.

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