Delta Air Lines Cuts Flights to LA, Phoenix from New York LaGuardia

Delta Air Lines is altering its route schedule significantly. The airline will no longer travel from New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Los Angeles and Phoenix. It goes into effect on January 8.

"We constantly evaluate our network to make changes that will help us meet our customers' needs and best allocate our resources." "We apologize for any inconvenience and will work with our customers who have flights booked after this service suspension date to make the necessary changes to their travel plans," Delta said in a statement.

Although Delta provided no particular explanation for canceling the flights, part of the issue might be due to LaGuardia's perimeter regulation. Airlines are not permitted to travel to places more than 1,500 miles distant from LGA unless they are bound for Denver or leave on a Saturday.

On Saturdays, there is little to no traffic out of LGA for Delta flights to the West Coast.

The airline will, however, extend its operations into Asia from its home base in Atlanta. Delta will launch service to Seoul, South Korea. It is essentially the continuation of a path that began eight years ago and was momentarily stopped by the epidemic.

In April, a second daily trip between the two cities will begin. Korean Airlines, Delta's partner, will also run a third daily route.

"With three daily flights to choose from, customers across the U.S. will have opportunities throughout the day to connect through Atlanta for their journey across the Pacific," the airline said in a statement.