Delta Air Lines will begin offering seasonal nonstop flights from Missoula International Airport to Atlanta, the carrier’s largest hub, this June.

The Saturday-only service flies into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and will run from June 22 through Aug. 31. Flights will arrive in Missoula at 1:03 p.m. and depart at 1:45 p.m.

The service offers travelers leaving Missoula access to more than 900 daily departures to more than 200 destinations.

“I think it’ll open a whole new frontier” for both leisure and business travelers, said Leslie Wustrack, airport manager of marketing and advertising.

Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 workers worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft.

Booking for the nonstop Atlanta flight is available at delta.com or by calling 1-800-221-1212.

Missoula International Airport is coming off record-breaking ridership in 2012, with roughly 604,848 passengers.

In January, the airport broke the previous ridership record for the month with 38,502 passengers, the release said.

Delta already offers nonstop service from Missoula to Salt Lake City and Minneapolis.

With the addition of Atlanta, nonstop flights are now offered by various airlines from Missoula to 12 destinations, including Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix-Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.

Atlanta, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco are seasonal, the release said.

Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at jenna.cederberg@missoulian.com.

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(3) comments

BJG1

Ahhh, the sultry heat and humidity of Atlanta in June-Aug. Guess no one wants to fly there in summer so we'll send the Montanans there. the airlines need to wise up and realize that Montana is pretty okay in the summer, it's in the winter when people want to leave the frozen north.

Frenchtown Fellow

No mention of the type of aircraft that will be used. Not sure I want to fly that far in a regional jet, even a 900!

Barak Nobama

Hooray! My family lives in Atlanta.

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