CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delta Air Lines is making another investment in Charleston. The company has announced plans to replace one the three regional jets it flies in and out of Charleston daily to Atlanta with a 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft.
“I think it signals Delta’s commitment to this market and the strength they believe that’s in this market,” Yeager Airport Manager Rick Atkinson said.
Delta operates four round-trip flights a day from Yeager to Atlanta International Airport. The morning flight is a 126-seat Airbus while the other three have been 50-seat regional jets. The conversion of one of those flights to the larger jet will happen Sept. 2.
“This offers another first-class product and basically is the same capacity-wise as one more 50-seat jet daily to Atlanta,” Atkinson said.
Delta began the Airbus flight a few months ago and Atkinson said it’s averaging more than 80 passengers a day.
“Some days it goes out full and it also provides the opportunities for some cargo and shipping,” Atkinson said.