Delta Launches Four Longest LaGuardia Routes

by Anthony Losanno
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Last month I wrote about Delta Air Lines bringing back its service to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) from LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Starting on July 8th. Now, Delta is adding three more long flights out of LaGuardia.

The new routes will include service to/from:

  • Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

These flights will operate only once per week on Saturdays (on Airbus A220s). Airlines are limited to flights under 1,500 miles (or to/from Denver) from operating any day but Saturday as the airport has a perimeter rule that was established in 1984 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Delta Air Lines last flew to Los Angeles in 2006, but the route was cut after just six months. We’ll see if these routes are able to hold up now. Travel patterns have changed since the pandemic and mixed “bleisure” trips are a lot more the norm these days.

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With these new routes, Delta will hold the top four spots for longest flights from LaGuardia. Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) clocks in at 2,469 miles, Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport is 2,242 miles away, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is 2,149 miles, and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is a distance of 1,982 miles. Of the top ten routes, Delta also competes with JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines on service to Denver International Airport (DEN). It goes head to head with American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines on service to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).  The tenth route also has some competition with Delta challenging American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Anthony’s Take: I prefer LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) for domestic routes and these are some interesting ones. I hope they stick around a while.

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