RALEIGH — Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Monday that it will add new nonstop flights out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport to both New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

Beginning June 8, these flights will operate daily, offering flights both to and from Pittsburgh and New Orleans each day.

“These new flights to Pittsburgh and New Orleans continue to expand Delta’s footprint and strengthen its presence as the No. 1 global carrier from the Research Triangle area,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s senior vice president of network planning, in a statement.

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RDU is one of Delta’s largest non-hub airports and is the largest airline in Raleigh-Durham. With more than 80 flights per day to 29 destinations worldwide, Delta has more than doubled its service since 2010, adding 19 destinations and more than 25,000 seats weekly.

Delta announced in November the in-sourcing of 100 full time jobs at RDU to support its service.

RDU’s passenger traffic hit a high as 12.8 million people arrived or departed through the airport in 2018. In addition to Delta adding more destinations, airlines including Spirit Airlines and Via Airlines also added flights in 2018.

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“Delta’s 8.7 percent year-over-year passenger growth at RDU is a strong indication of our community support and RDU’s strong economic impact on our region,” said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. “We are happy to see Delta add new cities to its route map at RDU.”

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism