Delta bolsters Pittsburgh-to-Paris service

The carrier plans to operate the nonstop flight six days a week during peak months

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Delta Air Lines is bullish enough on its nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Paris service to add another day next year.

The carrier plans to operate the flight six days a week during the peak summer months. This past year, Delta provided the service from Pittsburgh International Airport five days a week and was pleased with the number of people flying.

Anthony Black, a Delta spokesman, said the airline decided to add another day in 2014 "based on the customer's response to the service." The sixth day will be available "during the key period of the summer and then ebb in the fall," he said.

"We're very pleased with the continued additions of service and customer response to that service," he noted. "It was a very good year."

As planned, Delta suspended its Pittsburgh-to-Paris service for the winter months last weekend. In 2014, it is scheduled to resume April 28, according to Mr. Black. That's about two weeks earlier than this year.

The carrier launched the nonstop service to Charles de Gaulle Airport in June 2009, backed by $9 million in subsidies from the state of Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Delta had the right to drop the flight when the subsidies expired in 2011. Instead, it decided to continue the service on a seasonal basis, with the flights suspended during the winter months.

Bradley D. Penrod, president and chief strategy officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, applauded Delta's decision for the 2014 season.

"It's good because it extends the service season and extends the service week," he said.

Mark Belko: or 412-263-1262.

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