Delta bringing even larger jets back to Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) If you're a Delta flyer it's time to say 'hello' again to even larger airplanes at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

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The airport said Delta has committed to adding more capacity from Roanoke to its hub in Atlanta. Two of the five Atlanta flights are already on mainline aircraft -- the Boeing 717 -- not the smaller regional jets.

But now those two flights will be on even bigger planes with the return of the Airbus A319 to Roanoke later this summer. Even if you're not a Delta flyer, this move still may benefit you.

"What's important about having the larger aircraft, that means there will be more, lower fare seats available on those planes," Roanoke Regional Airport Director of Marketing and Air Service Development Brad Boettcher said. "So what we're hoping is the larger equipment comes in (and then) we will see some downward pressure on prices which is a big complaint (as to) why people don't fly out of Roanoke on a more regular basis."

Boettcher said Delta wants to continue to grow its operation in Roanoke as long as the supply will meet the demand.

United will also be adding three additional flights to Dulles in northern Virginia thanks to the Commonwealth's investment in the airport just outside Washington D.C. Boettcher said his team is still working on getting direct flights to Dallas.