Airport Control Tower, KPEL

If you are planning to travel this summer, but you prefer to travel first class, than you can still take your trip and leave from Lafayette.  Starting this June 8th, anyone looking to fly first class to Atlanta will have the opportunity to do so.  Delta Airlines will now have two flights a day on CRJ700 Regional Jets.  There will be nine first class seats.

According to information from the Lafayette Airport and Delta, the new changes coming in June will increase the amount of seats to Atlanta from 300 per day to 330 seats.  These flights will be available each day of the week.

“We’re bringing in the larger jets to handle the anticipated uptick in passengers for summer travel,” says Delta Station Manager Jason Saucier. “The CRJ700s will be used for the first two flights of the day – at 6:05 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.  The planes will return to Lafayette for 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. flights.”

The changes that will take place starting in June will be for the summer only as Saucier says the CRJ700s will be used through August 7th.  At that point, the planes will change back to the 50-seat CRJ200 that are used right now.

Lafayette Regional Airport Director of Aviation Greg Roberts says,

“I think if Delta sees that the Lafayette travelers can support a jet that has first class seats, they might decide to make the addition of the CRJ700s a permanent move.  I know our frequent fliers will enjoy the change.”

So, if you are planning to travel this summer, you might want to book that first class seat, or if you have enough frequent flier miles you might get an unsold first class seat.