Delta’s JFK base gets nine new routes, but overall flights are reduced as airline expands at LaGuardia
In 2011 Delta ranked second among carriers serving the three main New York airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) with a total of 20.37 million passengers, beaten only by Continental with 23.31 million thanks to its base at Newark. Counting only domestic passengers Delta (16.05 million) just beat Continental (15.72 million). Delta’s traffic was split across all three airports with 11.43 million passengers at JFK, 7.15 million at LaGuardia and 1.64 million at Newark. A slot swop with US Airways means that Delta has significantly expanded its presence at LaGuardia at the start of the summer season (with 12 more new routes starting on 11 July) but last week also saw the airline launch nine new routes from its JFK base.
Delta itself started daily flights to Austin in Texas using A319s, with regional partner Chatauqua launching services to Charleston (South Carolina), Dayton (Ohio) and Greensboro (North Carolina), and another regional partner Pinnacle being used to add daily flights to Elmira (New York), Jacksonville (Florida), Kansas City (Missouri), Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and New Orleans (Louisiana).
JFK flights down 6% this summer
However, despite these new services the number of weekly departures operated by Delta at JFK this July is actually down 6% as the airline has dropped several routes (international services to Berlin, Budapest and Manchester, as well as domestic links to Albany, Burlington, Houston and Lewisburg) and has reduced frequency on a number of other domestic routes such as Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Washington Reagan.
According to Innovata data for July Delta offers at least four daily flights to 12 destinations across the US with Los Angeles having the highest frequency of up to eight daily flights
Los Angeles and Tokyo head capacity rankings
Analysis of which of Delta’s routes from JFK offers the most capacity as measured by ASMs (Available Seat Miles) still sees Los Angeles top the list, but now seven of the top 12 routes are on long-haul international routes (shown in light green), four to Europe, one to Asia, one to the Middle East and one to South America.
Five of the international routes are served daily, Rome Fiumicino (home to fellow SkyTeam member Alitalia) is served twice daily, while London Heathrow has three daily flights.