Delta Air Lines recently announced that it will begin services from Dallas’ Love field airport, from July 6, 2009.
To satisfy legal constraints of Love Field airport, Delta Air Lines will fly three nonstop flights between Dallas and Memphis with a 50-seat regional Jet.
Federal Law puts a limit to the number of nonstop flights beyond Texas from Dallas, which also includes Tennessee but there are exceptions for 56 seater’s planes or fewer seats.
Delta has said that customers who choose to travel from Love Field to Memphis will be able to connect to 237 peak-day flights to 90 destinations across the world.
The services will be operated by Pinnacle Airlines under the Delta connection name. Delta affiliates already offer three daily flights to Memphis from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The Love Field – Memphis service will complement Delta’s flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport where Delta offers 36 peak-day departures to its Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK and Salt Lake City.
Delta said it would launch the flights with introductory fares as low as $79 one-way, till September 30, 2009.
To avail of the limited offer, customers wil need to buy tickets before May 6, 2009.
“Delta’s customers wanted convenience of flying in and out of Love Field, which is closer than DFW to downtown Dallas. From Delta’s Memphis hub, passengers could connect to flights to about 90 other locations,” said Delta’s Executive Vice President Glen Hauenstein.
Delta use to offer flights to Atlantic Southeast from Love field but withdrew in 2003.
Delta Air Lines has said its new flights from Love Field will be the only nonstop service between Love Field and Tennessee. It will expand on other new services between Memphis and Texas.
The airline added new nonstop flights to Memphis from McAllen and Lubbock in March and April, 2009, respectively.
Besides Southwest, Continental Express also operates flights at Love Field. AMR’s American Eagle has said it will end its service at Love Field, to Chicago, in June 2009.
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