Delta Air Lines Mainline Service Returns to Tri-Cities Airport

Blountville, TN – Delta Air Lines has upgraded its service at Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) offering area travelers a larger aircraft with more first-class and preferred seating options. On Thursday morning, a Boeing 717 departed from TRI on its way to Atlanta, Georgia.

The Boeing 717 marks the return of mainline service to TRI, which has been paused since 2020. “We are excited about the return of mainline Delta service to TRI,” said Gene Cossey, Tri-Cities Airport executive director. “The larger aircraft allows for an upgraded passenger experience and provides more seats for the crowded morning outbound and evening in-bound flights.”

The B717 is on TRI’s schedule through January 1, 2023, but could be extended if demand remains high. “Delta could decide to continue it after that, or they could bring it back during peak travel times. Our hope is that the service will continue after January 1, but as of right now we know that it will be here each night and depart each morning until then,” Cossey said.

In addition to the Boeing 717, Delta currently serves TRI with 50 and 76-seat CRJs. The first flight of the day will be on a B717, which seats 110 people in three tiers and the remaining flights will be on CRJs. The B717 will fly out once a day and return back to TRI to stay for overnight.

For more information contact Trevor Rice, Development Manager of Marketing & Air Service at or 423-325-6030.

Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Kentucky. TRI offers non-stop flights to five hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orland Sanford, and St. Pete-Clearwater) on Allegiant, American, and Delta. For more information about Tri-Cities Airport, visit