Here's the press release:
Delta Air Lines Expands Delta Connection Service at Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.
ATLANTA, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE
will expand its Delta Connection service featuring Bombardier CRJ regional
jets between Atlanta and the New York airports of Buffalo and Rochester
effective June 1.
At Buffalo, the new schedule will feature two new nonstop Delta Connection
round-trip flights, which expands service between Buffalo and Atlanta to seven
nonstop flights daily operated by Delta Connection carrier Comair.
At Rochester, the new schedule also will feature two new nonstop Delta
Connection round-trip flights, which expands service to Atlanta to six nonstop
flights daily, flown by Comair and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA). The two
new flights will be operated by Comair.
"Our customers, especially business travelers, tell us that frequency of
service and access to our worldwide network via our hubs are very important to
them," said Subodh Karnik, Delta's senior vice president - Network and Revenue
Management. "These service enhancements increase the access to our largest
hub from Buffalo and Rochester by 30 percent, and customers also will have
continued access to our second largest hub in Cincinnati."
With the new schedule, all flights at Buffalo and Rochester will be Delta
Connection flights, operated by Delta's wholly owned subsidiaries, ASA and
"Buffalo and Rochester are valued markets for Delta, and the decision to
change our service there to all Delta Connection flights was not made easily,"
Karnik said. "These changes were designed to give our customers what they
have asked for -- more nonstop and connecting options, and more flights
throughout the day."
Delta Air Lines, the world's second largest airline in terms of passengers
carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 5,643 flights
each day to 438 destinations in 78 countries on Delta, Delta Express, Delta
Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta's worldwide partners. Delta is a founding
member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with
extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For more information,
please go to delta.com .
Delta is in fact cutting capacity at ROC
with this change; I don't know about Bufffalo. "30 percent increase in access" can only refer to number of connecting-flight pairs, which is at least something.
Delta's user-unfriendly trip-planner offers no option to show all daily flights on a route for any given day, and you have run several different hours and click on the flight number to get the aircraft type. I pieced together that ROC
will have five CRJ-200's and one CRJ-700 on ROC
just finished running 3 daily 722's on ROC
, which was about 450 seats. That was changed this month to 2 MD
-88's and 2 CRJ-700's, which is about 330. The June 1 schedule will cut us down to 320.
AirTran, meanwhile adds its third daily ROC
717 this month, for a total of (117 x 3) 351 seats. At Buffalo, AirTran has had 3 daily flights for years; even if Delta runs only CRJ-200's to BUF
, at 7 flights that would put them at 350 and thus about the same as AirTran.
That means that as of June 1 three of the six Cartel-network carriers now run only regional-affiliate service at ROC
, and (I think) two of them run only regional-affiliate service at BUF
Moral of the story: AirTran's low fares and excellent service have clearly established them in Western New York. At least business travelers who want or need network-carrier reach, who will lose first class, will get something (I think) most of them would value more--greater frequencies.