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Texas’ airfields have historically been dominated by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, as both carriers maintain headquarters in Fort Worth and Dallas, respectively.
Today, however, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has announced plans to shake up the landscape in the Lone Star State. Delta will launch new routes and expand existing service this summer to Austin, Dallas, Harlingen, and San Antonio.
Let’s go over Delta’s latest expansion plans, which is set to be a 20% increase in flights to Texas compared to last summer!
Delta Brings New Nonstop Options to Dallas-Love Field
Delta has secured permanent gates at Southwest-dominated Dallas-Love Field Airport (DAL), located just 6 miles north of downtown Dallas.
Starting June 5, 2023, Delta will inaugurate flights from Dallas-Love Field to New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and Los Angeles (LAX) with twice-daily service.
The carrier also plans to add 1 additional flight per day from Dallas-Love Field to its mega-hub in Atlanta, bringing the route to 5x daily service.
“After a nearly decade-long effort, Delta has secured long-term access at Dallas Love Field, giving us the ability to serve more customers in Dallas and North Texas for years to come,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s senior vice president of network planning. “These new routes that will operate from a Delta-dedicated gate signal the continuation of Delta’s ongoing investments in Texas and our commitment to serving this community with flights to their top destinations.”
Increased Daily Frequencies to Austin
This summer, Delta will launch additional flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from 8 of Delta’s hubs and focus cities:
|Route||Number of Daily Flights||Starting|
|New York (JFK)||4||June 5, 2023|
|Salt Lake City (SLC)||4|
|Atlanta (ATL)||10||July 10, 2023|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||4|
Austin made our list of the top 10 fastest-growing U.S. airports, so it makes sense that Delta is trying to increase its presence to meet passenger demand and offer increased domestic and international connections across its hubs.
Hot Tip: This week, Delta just added a 15% SkyMiles booking discount for select cardholders, which can potentially help save you thousands of miles on future award flights.
Additional Routes Coming to Harlingen and San Antonio
Also part of Delta’s big expansion plans, the carrier is bringing back once-daily service between San Antonio (SAT) and New York (JFK) on May 8, 2023 — but this time, on an Airbus A220. Delta hasn’t operated this route since before the pandemic. In fact, JetBlue is the only airline to offer nonstop service between the 2 cities at the moment.
Finally, Delta is launching once-daily service between Harlingen (HRL) and Minneapolis (MSP), with a larger Airbus A320 jet. This new route will operate seasonally, beginning February 17, 2023, until the end of May. This route is also flown by Sun Country Airlines, and Delta’s entrance into the market is a direct shot at its low-cost competitor at its Minneapolis hub.
Texas flyers should be excited to have more options when it comes to flights — and airlines — from their hometowns. We’re excited to see where Delta expands next!
Featured Image Credit: Delta Air Lines
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