Delta to fly 8 new destinations, add flights at LAX

In a telltale sign that region’s economy is improving, Delta Air Lines will increase its schedule at Los Angeles International Airport beginning next month. The airline will add service to eight new destinations and increase flights to some existing routes.

The new routes include year-round domestic flights to Mexico, Nashville, Seattle, Spokane, Wash and San Jose, as well as international flights to Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

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According to the reports, Delta and its regional partner, SkyWest Airlines, will have 117 departures to 38 destinations on the busiest travel days by the end of July. This figure is twice the flights Delta had as recently as 2006, according to airline sources. The stronger schedule comes as Delta’s facilities at LAX undergo $229 million of improvement that include a new airline lounge and renovated ticketing counters and boarding gates. The project is scheduled complete in 2015, said airport officials.

Delta Airlines is the world’s second-largest carrier, and the third-largest airline by market share in Los Angeles, behind United and American. The new flights, some of which are expected to be operated by regional carrier SkyWest under the Delta Connection brand, is scheduled to 10 percent increase in Delta’s Los Angeles seat capacity, airline officials has reported as saying.

Delta is not adding flights to Ontario, Long Beach or Burbank. It has limited operations at all three outlying airports, preferring instead to concentrate operations at LAX, the nation’s third-busiest airport and an important international gateway.

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