Airport Business

MAY 2017

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50 airportbusiness May 2017 INDUSTRY INSIDER By Benét Wilson Bob Cortelyou, SVP — Network Planning Delta Air Lines As Delta Air Lines continues to focus its growth efforts across the world, it's focusing on local economies and the people when it comes to adding service. Cortelyou spoke with Airport Business mag- azine about growth in the hubs, what it takes to get air service, investments in airports and future growth. Airport Business: Delta announced that it was adding seven new cities out of Seattle and that some existing cities were getting more fre- quencies. Delta started bulking up Seattle back in 2012. What made this city such an appealing market, especially because you have the Salt Lake City hub? Bob Cortelyou: I would say that Salt Lake City is in the in Rocky Mountains while Seattle is in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, we already served Seattle, so we had a good base to build on. We are a global carrier and there's no doubt that Seattle deserves a global airline. Delta is there to fulfill that need. So not only do we fly to markets in the Pacific Northwest and West, but we go to China, Japan and Europe. I think the Pacific Northwest continues to grow B ob Cortelyou has been senior vice president of network planning for Delta Air Lines since 2007. During his tenure, he has been credited with helping the airline make one of the largest network transformations in aviation history after its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008. Since then he and his network planning team have continued to build a diverse global network by implementing the largest international expansion in the airline's history, with more than 60 new international routes.

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