From Flurry to Fruition: New Routes Are In Place

RDU began 2013 with a flurry of new service announcements including increased service to Los Angeles and Denver, more options to reach Florida and the Newark area and, in June, to St. Louis.

Here’s a recap of all the new flights that have launched from RDU so far this year.

Two Non-stop Flights to Los Angeles

Each day, about 400 people travel between RDU and the L.A. Basin. Now, both American and Delta are offering daily non-stop service to the nation’s second largest city, eliminating the need to make a connection somewhere along the way.

You can now depart RDU either in the early morning on Delta or in the late afternoon on American. You also have choices for your return. Do you like taking a red eye? Delta has you covered. Or return on  American’s early morning flight from LAX.

Both airlines use Boeing 737-800 aircraft with first class and economy class on the route. With these additions, passengers now have three daily flights, seven days a week to the West coast. RDU to San Francisco by United Airlines, started in August, 2011.  Learn more.

Frontier to Trenton

Heading to Philadelphia, Newark, Staten Island, Southeast Pennsylvania or the New Jersey Coast? Fly Frontier daily to Trenton-Mercer County Airport.

Non-stop Service from RDU to Trenton began in April via Frontier Airlines.

Non-stop Service from RDU to Trenton began in April via Frontier Airlines.

The airport is conveniently located just off I-95 in New Jersey. Frontier is known for its A319 aircraft with DIRECTTV® at each seat. Each plane also has five rows of the airline’s signature STRETCH seating to make the short flight even more comfortable.  Learn more about this route.  Book your flight now.

Other New Flights

Denver. Southwest Airlines is currently operating a second daily flight to Denver for the end of the winter ski season. The flight will wrap up on April 13 and return for the summer season on June 2.

Florida. On March 2, Delta Air Lines launched daily, non-stop service to Tampa. It also added a second daily flight to Orlando.

St. Louis. On June 2, Southwest Airlines will begin a second daily flight to St. Louis.

Which of these flights are you excited about? Tell me in the comments below!

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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5 Responses to From Flurry to Fruition: New Routes Are In Place

  1. runlairdrun says:

    My wife and I flew from LAX on the new American non-stop on April 5. What a treat to get to RDU in less than 5 hours and arrive comfortably before dinner which was only possible previously by leaving LA super early. Our son is in medical school at Duke and getting his PhD, so we’ll be visiting many times over the next decade.

    And awesome that RDU now has TSA Precheck working. That made the departure out (also on the American non-stop) super easy.

  2. runlairdrun says:

    My wife and I flew the LAX non-stop on American a few weeks ago. What a pleasure to arrive in less than 5 hours and comfortably before dinner. The return the following Monday was great too and having TSA Precheck now at RDU made the exit super easy. Thanks for adding these flights!

  3. Paul says:

    I would be excited about some direct service to central NY. Syracuse/Rochester area!

  4. Mark says:

    Frontier’s service tot Trenton is a nice addition, but I really wish they had a schedule that allowed one to connect through Trenton to other Frontier destinations (such as Chicago or Columbus).

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