Delta will soon start a direct flight to New York City. (Photo: Staff)

Local officials had been working for years to get a direct flight to New York City and now they have two.

Starting July 9, Delta Air Lines will offer nonstop services from Chattanooga to New York-LaGuardia Airport.

“New York continues to be the top destination for our travelers, and we are proud to be able to service this region from two airports: first Newark and now LaGuardia,” Chattanooga Airport President Terry Hart said in a prepared statement.


The addition of the Delta flight comes about two years after officials announced that United Airlines would offer a direct flight from Chattanooga to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Since the United flight started in September 2016, officials have seen month-over-month increases and load factors of more than 70 percent.

“We would like to thank all of the loyal customers who consistently fly out of Chattanooga,” the Airport Authority’s chairman Dan Jacobson said in a prepared statement. “We believe the growth we have seen over the last couple of years has definitely translated into new service opportunities and that can only continue as we move forward.”

The new Delta flight will be operated by Delta Connection partner Endeavor Air on a CRJ-900 with 12 first class, 20 comfort-plus and 44 main cabin seats.

“We appreciate Delta Air Line’s continued confidence and support, and this will take us to new heights over and above the 16 percent record-breaking growth we had last year,” Hart said.

A Monday morning Google search found flights starting at about $350.

When officials announced the Newark flight, local business people applauded and officials said that the new Delta flight will also benefit those traveling for work.

“Seventy-five percent of traffic from the Chattanooga Airport is business-related, with travelers needing to fly out and return on the same day,”  Jacobson said.

In January, airport officials announced a record number of passenger boardings with 484, 517 through the end of 2017—up 15.6 percent from 2016.

Officials attributed the growth competitive fairs and convenience of flying out of Chattanooga.