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Delta Express Expands RDU Service to Orlando

Posted August 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

Mickey Mouse made the trip north as a part of Delta Express' connection with Disney World

— Flying to Florida is getting easier. Delta Express announced plans Thursday to start service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Orlando. Starting at $99 one way for a 21-day advance purchase to $189 for a walk-up ticket, fares are considered very competitive.

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

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

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

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

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

Delta Express goes head to head with Midway to Orlando with competitive fares. Barnette says the numbers tell him Delta Express will get all the support it needs from North Carolina, and will more than likely bring more flights to Florida in the future. Though Barnette won't speculate where and 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 on October 1st. Airline officials say there are plenty of passengers to fill Delta Express planes, as well as Midway jets.