Delta Plans Atlanta-Fresno Big Jet Service

Whether the carrier extends it beyond summer tourist season depends upon how well it works, Boyd said.

Boyd predicted a successful test for Delta because it will simplify travel to the East and Southeast, which travelers from Fresno often can't reach without changing airplanes twice.

The Delta test is the most recent sign that carriers are looking for opportunities in Fresno.

Frontier Airlines, enticed by a $1 million grant from the city, was first in August 2005, with low-fare connections to Denver. Then came Mexicana Airlines in April 2006, trying to tap into a large population traveling to Mexico, followed by ExpressJet's announcement this month that it will fly regional jets to Ontario and San Diego in Southern California.

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