SIOUX CITY -- Delta Airlines plans to upgrade its entire fleet of aircraft at Sioux Gateway Airport, Dan Kaplan, president of the airport's board of trustees, announced today.
Delta currently operates Saab 340 turbo prop aircraft, which seat around 30, for its three daily flights to and from Sioux City and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Beginning April 6, the airline will switch to 50-seat regional jets.
"The imporving economy has presented a unique opportunity to upgrade service between Sioux City and Minneapolis,'' said Karen Zachary, Delta's general manager of network planning.
Passengers can begin reserving seats for the upgraded flights on Feb. 6, 2010 at www.delta.com. The flight times will remain the same.
Earlier this month, Delta Airlines, the only commercial airline at Sioux Gateway, reduced its daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul from four to three.
The change was part of a broader strategy by Delta and other airlines to reduce capacity to improve their bottom line.
After completing its merger with Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines last spring, Delta cut the number of departures at Sioux Gateway from five to four. Atlanta-based Delta airline recently merged its reservation system with the one operated by Northwest, which was based in the Twin Cities.