RST celebrates Delta’s nonstop service to Detroit and Atlanta

August 29, 2014

Delta Air Lines’ new daily nonstop service from Rochester International Airport (RST) to Detroit and Atlanta begins September 2, 2014. This will be the first time in the history of RST that the community will have direct, nonstop service to Atlanta, the world’s busiest airport. It also marks the return of popular nonstop service to Detroit. With the addition of these two new destinations, RST will now have direct service to three of the largest hubs in the Delta network.

The inaugural Rochester to Detroit flight will depart at 6:30 am. The inaugural Rochester to Atlanta flight will depart at 2:30 pm. Airport staff will celebrate these departures with refreshments in the gate areas for all passengers.

“The airport and air service are critical community infrastructure elements that enable our region to compete in today’s global economy” said Mayor Ardell Brede. “Air service is essential in supporting our economic development efforts and is an important element in our community’s quality of life.”

“Transportation is a significant theme in the Destination Medical Center planning for our patients, visitors and community. This exciting announcement expands Mayo Clinic’s global reach making
travel to Rochester more convenient for our patients and visitors” said Dr. John T. Wald, Medical Director of Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic.

Rochester International Airport will continue the celebration with a community event on September 2nd in Rochester’s Peace Plaza from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. RST invites the community to stop by for ice cream to celebrate the new service to Detroit and Atlanta. An exciting RST promotion “Touchdown in Detroit” will also kickoff on September 2nd. One lucky winner and guest will win airfare, hotel, and tickets to the Vikings game in Detroit on December 14th. Visit Airport to enter.

“We are excited to see the arrival of the new Delta service to Detroit and Atlanta. The new Delta schedule will include larger aircraft with first and coach-class seating making the travel experience
more comfortable, convenient and easy” said Marty Lenss, Executive Director, Rochester International Airport.

The new Delta Air Lines’ schedule increases the number of one-stop destinations from Rochester to nearly 226 cities in the United States and international cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America (an increase of 90% over previous service). In addition, the number of Delta seats available increases to over 1,600 each week (an increase of 12% over previous service).

Airfare to these new nonstop destinations and beyond are available to book now at


Rochester International Airport is owned by the City of Rochester and operated by Rochester Airport Company. The Airport provides SE Minnesota with daily flights to Chicago on American Airlines and Minneapolis, Detroit and Atlanta on Delta Air Lines. Stay connected to RST at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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