Delta Air Lines is set to start new services between its hub Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and California as part of its plans to expand its flight network.

Initially, one daily flight will be offered from 22 April with plans to add another flight beginning 9 June.

With the launch of the new service, Delta will expand its flight network to customers at Ontario International Airport in California, US.

Delta Air Lines West Sales vice-president Ranjan Goswami said: “Ontario and the Inland Empire deserve more choice and more options for global travel and we’re excited to complement our existing service to our Salt Lake City hub with new Atlanta service in 2019.

“Delta continues to grow the overall number of seats from the LA basin to our Atlanta hub, increasing over 25% in just the past three years, representing service from Ontario, as well as LAX and Orange County.”

“The world’s busiest airport, Atlanta, offers Southern Californians a world of opportunities for air travel through Delta’s extensive global network.”

According to Delta, ticket sales for flights operating between Ontario International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport started from 20 October, with flights set to start in April using Boeing 737-900 aircraft.

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Boeing aircraft will offer 20 seats in first class, 21 in Delta Comfort+ and 139 in the main cabin.

Ontario International Airport Authority president Alan Wapner said: “The world’s busiest airport, Atlanta offers Southern Californians a world of opportunities for air travel through Delta’s extensive global network.

“In just two years since the airport’s transition to local control, we’ve made tremendous strides in improving our facilities, services and amenities and, as a result, airlines and air travellers are bullish on Ontario.”

Last year, Ontario International Airport added app-based ride-hailing services, including Uber and Lyft, to its ground transportation programme.