News release from RST:
Rochester International Airport announces new nonstop service from Rochester to Detroit
Rochester Airport Company and Delta Air Lines on May 12, 2014, announced new daily nonstop service from Rochester International Airport (RST) to Detroit and Atlanta beginning September 14, 2014. This will be the first time in the history of RST that the community will have direct, non-stop service to Atlanta, the world’s busiest airport.
It also marks the return of popular non-stop service to Detroit. With
the addition of these two new destinations, RST will now have direct service to three of the largest hubs in the Delta network.
Delta Air Lines’ “RST Diversification Plan” will increase the number of one-stop destinations from Rochester to nearly 226 cities in the United States and international cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America (an increase of 90% over current service). In addition, Delta will increase the number of seats available to over 1,600 each week (an increase of 12% over current service). Delta Air Lines will operate a Canadair CRJ-700 aircraft on 50% of RST departures. This new aircraft features First and Coach class seating.
“Delta has a strong history in the Rochester community and is committed to supporting the diverse travel needs of the market,” said Jeff Davidman, Delta’s director-Government Affairs. “Building on our strong ties to Minnesota, this new service will significantly enhance our customer’s options when traveling outof the Rochester area by providing one-stop connections around the world from Delta’s three largest domestic hubs.”
“Transportation to Rochester emerged as a major theme in the Destination Medical Center planning for our patients and the community. Mayo Clinic established the airport in 1929 and has always been one ofits strongest supporters. This exciting announcement opens the door to additional one-stop connectionsmaking travel to Rochester more convenient for our patients and visitors. We are pleased Delta Airlines has placed confidence in Rochester as a destination and we look forward to these additional options for our patients. ” said Dr. John T. Wald, Medical Director of Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic.
“Air service is an essential element in our community and regional economic development efforts” said Mayor Ardell Brede “Our Airport provides an impressive annual economic impact for the region of $161 million dollars in annual output, 2,911 jobs, and $73 million dollars in annual payroll.”