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Delta Air Lines to expand Dallas Love Field service

Atlanta US-based carrier Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it plans to add 18 daily nonstop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014.

The carrier said its planned expansion will enhance competition at the airport with new nonstop service to New York-LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta also will add two daily flights to its existing Atlanta service.

Delta said it will require access to gates at Love Field in order to operate its expanded schedule. Delta has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to allow it to bid on Love Field gates as part of the divestiture of airport assets under a proposed settlement agreement with American Airlines (OTC: AAMRQ) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC).

Currently at Love Field, 16 of the 20 gates and more than 95% of available seats are controlled by one airline, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), Delta said.

The expanded Love Field service builds on Delta´s recent growth at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it currently operates 45 peak-day flights to eight destinations.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160m customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 314 destinations in 58 countries on six continents.

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