"Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) has received word from Delta Airlines that as of December 18, 2010 through April 30, 2011, air service to Aruba will be expanded with weekly service from La Guardia airport. Service will be on Saturdays only and Delta plans to utilize B737-800 aircraft comfortably seating 16 passengers in business and 144 in economy. The flights will conveniently leave New York’s La Guardia airport at 10:36 in the morning and arrive in Aruba at 17:30 in the late afternoon.
Delta Airlines expansion of service into Aruba underscores AAA’s (Aruba Airport Authority) focus on diversification within our gateways and AAA believes that Delta’s service perfectly compliments Continental Airlines’s service from La Guardia.
Continental utilizes the same type of aircraft and arrives earlier in the afternoon at 13:19. “We are delighted with the enhancement of Delta Airlines’s commitment to Aruba. “We look forward to welcoming the first flight of many flights from La Guardia by Delta Airlines. New York is an extremely important market for the destination and service from all three airports is vital to our success in the northeast area,” said Peter Steinmetz, AAA Managing Director."
Given the departure and arrival times in the article, it sounds like this is not a direct flight. If it leaves LGA at 10:30 am, it should land in Aruba by 3 or 3:30, not 5:30 (17:30) so must have a stopover somewhere.
Looks like a typo in the article, below is directly off of Delta's site. It doesn't copy and paste well but "0" is the number of stops
Carrier Flight # Depart Arrive Equipment Type Stops Flight Time
Time/Date Airport Time/Date Airport
Delta 0591 01 Jan 2011
2:09pm AUA Boeing 737-800 (winglets) 0 04:54
Delta 0441 01 Jan 2011
4:30pm AUA Boeing 737-800 (winglets) 0 04:42
This info makes more sense and landing at 4:30 isn't too bad. Hopefully this is successful for Delta and they continue the service year round. It would be terrific if someone put more competitive pressure on American, Continental, and Jet Blue from the NY area.
The later flight times also help people who are making a connection for example, Buffalo or Manchester. Instead of flying through Atlanta they would have a choice of JFK or LGA. LGA of course being a bit more favorable due to the later flight time. Even MORE SO during the winter
Does anyone think air prices will drop in the next three weeks. We have been waiting for a free week we were comp at casino and I could not book . Now we have our conf # for the hotel and air has gone through the roof I guess it is a coin flip. Was hoping to save a little money but will probally be dishing it out for air. Hoping to use it for the second week at the Tam but oh well I'll b in Aruba right
Problem with the late arrival to New York is that there may not be a connection to get home. On the way down, that's good, not good on the way home. That happened to us on JetBlue, we initially had a connection for the late flight to JFK, but then they dropped the flight, so put us on the earlier plane from AUA because we had no way to get from JFK to BOS.