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Delta Express Expands RDU Service to Orlando

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Decorations in the Delta terminal invite passengers to the Sunshine State
RALEIGH — Flying to Florida is getting easier. Delta Express announced plansThursday to start service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport toOrlando. Starting at $99 one way for a 21-day advance purchase to $189for a walk-up ticket, fares are considered very competitive.

Service begins October 21st with two round-trips scheduled. Delta Expressis a low fare airline serving cities in the Midwest and the East Coast toFlorida.

Decorations in terminal "A" show Delta is serious about Florida leisuretravelers. The low-fare airline uses a fleet of 25 119-seat 737's toservice 17 cities, using Orlando as its hub.

Delta Express is a business unit of Delta Airlines. Close ties to DisneyWorld brought Mickey Mouse to promote the two new daily flights toOrlando.

W.E. Barnette, the Vice-President of Delta Express, told a crowd the twoflights to Orlando are only the beginning of the service planned by DeltaExpress to this area.

Kids were on hand to see Mickey, and parents are excited about the newservice. Debra Barbour believes the Delta Express tie to Disney Worldwill eventually come with some perks, and especially good prices.

Delta Express goes head to head with Midway to Orlando with competitivefares. Barnette says the numbers tell him Delta Express will get all thesupport it needs from North Carolina, and will more than likely bring moreflights to Florida in the future. Though Barnette won't speculate whereand when the new service will take place, he tells local residents to"stay tuned."

Delta Express will celebrate its first anniversary of ties to RDU onOctober 1st. Airline officials say there are plenty of passengers to fillDelta Express planes, as well as Midway jets.

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