Delta Airlines will begin nonstop flights to RDU

Delta Airlines is planning a host of service changes at Raleigh-Durham International Airport this summer, including adding flights to Baltimore and cutting its service to two other locations.Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop service between RDU and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Sept. 7, RDU announced Tuesday. The airline will operate three daily flights between the two airports on 50-seat CRJ-200s, RDU said in its written statement.On June 9, Delta also will expand its seasonal service to Los Angeles International Airport. The daily nonstop flight will operate five days a week and depart RDU at 7:50 p.m., arriving at LAX at 10:07 p.m. The return flight will depart LAX at 11 p.m. and arrive at RDU at 6:52 a.m., the airport said. Delta has been operating the flight just three days a week.

But not all the changes are good news. The carrier also has decided to discontinue service to Albany and Providence, R.I., on Sept. 8. Delta launched once daily nonstop service to each of the two cities earlier this spring.With the changes, Delta will offer 57 peak-day flights from RDU to 16 cities.There were indications that changes could be in the works last week when Airport Authority Director John Brantley announced at RDU’s monthly meeting that Delta planned to increase the number of gates that it used this summer a move that he said could herald new service additions.
The Atlanta-based carrier will lease Gate C-12 for the months of June, July and August, according to RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin.

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