LINCOLN, Neb. (May 17, 2014) — Delta Airlines will begin flying from the Lincoln Airport to Atlanta on September 8. The new service will include a daily departure from Lincoln at 7 a.m. Central time arriving in Atlanta at 10:17 a.m. Eastern time. The return flight will leave Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time and arrive in Lincoln at 8:42 p.m. Central time. The new service to the world’s busiest airport provides travelers from Lincoln better connections to the Southeastern U.S. and international destinations.
John Wood, executive director of the Lincoln Airport, says the schedule is particularly good for business travelers. “It will be possible to fly to Atlanta for meetings and be home in Lincoln at a decent hour that night,” said Wood. “Connections through Atlanta to other important destinations will make it more convenient for business travelers to connect with customers and clients in the Southeastern U.S. and beyond.”
Travelers can now book flights connecting Lincoln and Atlanta at Delta.com, online travel sites, or through a travel agent. Wood says leisure travelers will also benefit from improved connections to tourist destinations in the Southern U.S., the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Delta briefly operated a flight from Lincoln to Atlanta in 2009, but Wood said an inconvenient schedule deterred passengers from using the service. To make the flight available again, the Lincoln Airport obtained a $750,000 federal grant to provide a revenue guarantee to Delta, but if travelers support the service the grant funds won’t need to be used.
“We know there’s a demand for service to the southeast, we expect fares to be competitive and we have a convenient schedule,” said Wood. “We believe that combination will put passengers on the planes.”
More travelers are using the Lincoln Airport in 2014, continuing an upward trend. After a slow start due to weather-related flight cancellations in January, total passenger traffic through April is up 2 percent over 2013. Wood says passenger numbers are growing because the gap between fares from Lincoln and Omaha has narrowed.
People can take the LNK vs. OMA challenge to compare travel costs from both airports, plus find the latest updates on flight schedules and information on parking and airport services at LincolnAirport.com.