New flights coming to Richmond

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Passengers traveling out of Richmond International Airport will soon have more options. New flights are being added this year. Delta Airlines will nearly double service between Richmond and New York City.

Delta Passenger, Allen Gooden says he was on cloud nine when he heard about the expansion. Staring on September 7, 2010 Delta will have a total of seven nonstop daily flights from Richmond to LaGuardia and JFK Airports.

"I feel that's a great idea the expansion is needed," said Gooden.

Customers say the added service will give them more options and flexibility. Sandy Boost flies regularly for business trips.

"This is the first I've heard about it and I'm very pleased," said Boost.

The new flights will be the first at RIC in at least a year.

"It's a good market indicator. We've been through a bit of a drought in terms of having new service.  So, suddenly we're starting to get good news," said RIC spokesperson, Troy Bell.

New York is the number one market destination for folks traveling out of the airport.

"To see flights go back in the market after some of them came out as the economy started tanking again is a welcome sign," said Bell.

Some travelers are worried the extra flights will translate into higher fares.

"I think it will be neutral. I don't think we'll see an increase or a decrease in price because of this," said Bell.

As for Gooden and other Delta passengers they're hopeful the expanded schedule will make their time in the sky a little easier.

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