by Michael Lowrey
Delta Air Lines loaded two interesting new routes over the weekend:
• Raleigh – Washington Reagan National (DCA), four times a day on CRJ900 76-seat two-class regional jets effective August 1. Delta has a nice little focus city operating going at RDU and this will be their 19th destination served daily for a total of 69 flights a day. (They also serve Cancun and Miami on Saturdays.)
• It’s back! Charlotte – New York City John F. Kennedy returns on October 1. JFK is Delta’s biggest transatlantic hub but the airline has only offered on-again/off-again service from North Carolina’s largest city. Delta flew the route for a time in 2005 through April 2006, then again from June 2008 through the end of 2014. When service resumes in October, it will be three times a day on CRJ900s. Delta is the second largest airline out of CLT; they will offer 34 flights a day to seven destinations from CLT come October. Note that Delta is dropping one of its eight existing Charlotte – LaGuardia flights in October.
JetBlue and American Airlines both also fly from CLT to JFK.