Fresno Yosemite International Airport announced Friday that Delta Air Lines is launching daily nonstop flights to Atlanta.
The new route will be the longest flight out of Fresno, taking passengers further east than any other route has.
Driving the news: The new route will connect Fresno to Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the world, starting on June 7, 2024.
- Airport officials point to the new Atlanta connection as one that will give Central Valley travelers faster and easier access to the east coast, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Florida.
- City officials also see the new route as a boon for future business, citing Atlanta having the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S.
- Delta will use a Boeing 737-800 to fly the route. The flight will depart at 10:50 p.m. PDT and arrive in Atlanta at 6:26 a.m. EDT. Delta officials say the arrival time in Atlanta lines up with morning departures to many destinations along the east coast and other global destinations.
- Flights coming in from Atlanta will depart at 7:53 p.m. EDT and arrive in Fresno at 9:50 p.m.
What they’re saying: “Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the people of Fresno deserve an airport that gets them where they need to go,” said Mayor Jerry Dyer. “The addition of this service to Atlanta helps propel us towards that goal. Providing nonstop service to such a massive transportation hub is huge for our residents. I want to thank Delta Air Lines for once again investing in Fresno. Great cities have great airports, and these are the types of moves that make our city great.”
- Fresno Director of Aviation Henry Thompson said Atlanta consistently ranks as one of the top 10 markets where travelers from the Central Valley are flying, underscoring the importance of Friday’s announcement.