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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Delta Airlines to Begin 50 Seat Jet Service from Charlottesville (CHO) to LaGuardia, NY (LGA) in Summer 2012


Delta Air Lines and US Airways recently won approval to transfer takeoff and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington D.C.‘s Reagan National airports. Under the agreement, Delta acquired 132 slot pairs (take off and landings) at LaGuardia from US Airways and US Airways acquired 42 slot pairs at Reagan National, as well as the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.
CHO’s current service to LGA was among those slots traded. Delta Airlines has announced that CHO will continue with service to LGA and will upgrade the flight to a 50 seat regional jet aircraft. The airline will be building LGA into a domestic hub and recognizes the important business connection between New York City and Charlottesville.
“Delta’s recent decision to serve Charlottesville with a regional jet to New York is great news for the Central Virginia region. With jet service to hubs such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Chicago and soon to be New York, along with the daily flights to Philadelphia and Dulles, CHO will continue to provide the most convenient gateway to the world for Central Virginia, “ said Barbara Hutchinson, Executive Director of Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.  “It was a competitive process to keep New York service in Charlottesville and there are many communities who have lost service due to the slot trades between US Airways and Delta Airlines. The scheduled flight times to New York City this summer are perfect for business travelers and tourists alike”, she further stated.
The roundtrip service will begin July 11, 2012 departing at 7:00 a.m. with an 8:45 a.m. arrival time in New York (LGA). It will the depart LGA at 9:45 p.m. with an 11:30 p.m. arrival time in Charlottesville (CHO).
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is a non-hub commercial airport with four airlines serving Central Virginia with direct service to six major destinations and multiple one-stop flights worldwide. For more information and the latest travel news, visit http://www.gocho.com/.