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Delta Connection carrier Comair Requests Authority to Serve Washington,D. C.-Savannah, Ga. Route


Customers would benefit from only non-stop flights between Washington National Airport and Savannah

ATLANTA, Nov. 21, 2005 – Delta Air Lines’ customers would enjoy convenient new access between the nation’s capital and one of the Southeast’s primary shipping and transportation hubs in Savannah, Ga., with approval of new service requested today. Delta Connection carrier Comair has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin new non-stop air service between Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Savannah, Ga., with service beginning within 60 days of the final award from the DOT.

In its request to offer customers service on the new route, Comair notes that Savannah has a strong, year-round demand for non-stop DCA service, including both business and leisure travelers. Comair also asserts that Savannah is one of the most important commercial/industrial and shipping centers on the Southeast Coast and has a strong and diverse local economy. Savannah is the fifth largest containerized shipping port in the United States, and activity is growing in response to increasing trade with Asia. Additionally, Savannah is usually the first port of call for container ships traveling through the Panama Canal.

“If approved, these new flights would be a great opportunity for customers as this would be the only non-stop service between Savannah and the closest airport to downtown Washington, D.C.,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s vice president of Network Planning. “This route would provide convenient access for the many customers representing the varied commercial, government and military interests that link the two communities, as well as support a strong tourism base.”

Comair proposes to operate the new service with the popular 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.

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