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6/9/2006

Delta service to busy Atlanta airport launched

Delta Airline inaugural flight from Atlantic City to Atlanta was marked by a celebration that featured water cannons trained in an arc over the nose of the 50-seat Delta CRJ200 jet aircraft as it taxied toward the runway for take-off.
EGG HARBOR TWP. – The number of one-connection destinations available through Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) more than doubled on June 9 with the launch of Delta Airlines new daily non-stop flight to Atlanta.

The inaugural 6:30 a.m. flight, with 26 passengers, was marked by a celebration that featured water cannons trained in an arc over the nose of the 50-seat Delta CRJ200 jet aircraft as it taxied toward the runway for take-off.

Access to Delta’s Atlanta hub offers South Jersey travelers quick and hassle-free connections to an additional 230 non-stop domestic and international destinations on more than 1,000 flights departing Atlanta each day. This is in addition to more than 100 destinations already accessible through the ACY.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority owns and operates the Atlantic City International Airport and is working cooperatively with Delta to promote the new service to Atlanta with an ad campaign developed by the airlines preparing travelers to “Have your suitcase ready.”

Two scheduled airlines, Spirit Airlines and Delta Connection/Comair airlines serve the Airport. Spirit offers direct, low-cost flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Tampa, Myrtle Beach, San Juan and Cancun, plus Detroit, Denver on to Los Angeles and service to Las Vegas. Delta Connection/Comair offers direct regional jet service to Cincinnati and now Atlanta and from those two airports provide connections to nearly 400 non-stop flights in the U.S. and abroad.

“This service has been long awaited and will offer the region national connectivity through Delta’s busy Atlanta Hub providing easy one connect service with a choice of frequencies to a world of destinations.” said Acting Executive Director James R. Iannone.
Delta has expanded the number of destinations it offers customers from it largest hub in Atlanta. Since September 2005, Delta has announced or added non-stop service to 46 new markets including Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv and Venice as well as Maui, Hawaii; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Vermont.

“Offering South Jersey residents a full range of air service is a key to the continuing growth of ACY,” said SJTA Chairman Frank Spencer, noting that the Authority has implemented major improvement projects at the airport in recent years. “We are committed to providing a state-of-the-art facility so existing carriers can expand and continue airport development to attract new carriers.”

Among the improvements the Authority has made, Spencer said, are full instrument guidance on Runways 13 and 31, a new taxiway, improved lighting on the flight ramps, a new 1,000-space parking lot – and, this year, construction of a new baggage screening and sorting structure to house security equipment for the Transportation Security Administration and give the airlines more space for efficient loading of flights. Included in this project is installation of a second escalator near the baggage claim area, which will improve terminal traffic flow for travelers.

Best fare information for the new Atlanta flight can be obtained by going to www.delta.com

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