Aviation Delta reduces walk-up fares on commuter service By Michael Fabey / May 22, 2009 Share 1 -- Fending off growing competition in key East Coast markets, Delta slashed the walk-up fares by up to 60% on its historically expensive Delta Shuttle service linking New York with Boston and Washington.The new one-way Delta Shuttle fare between LaGuardia and Boston Logan is $129. The fare between LaGuardia and Reagan National is $169. These fares are available at Delta.com or self-ticketing kiosks. Tickets cost $20 more if purchased from Delta by phone or $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office. The fees are nonrefundable.Delta offers more than a dozen daily flights connecting New York with Boston and New York with Washington."The Delta Shuttle has a very loyal following among business travelers whose schedules can change on a dime," said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president, New York. "We recognize the need to be flexible to meet their needs and at the same time remain competitive."Indeed, competition appears to one of the drivers behind the Delta fare cuts, analysts said.The fare cut comes soon after Southwest unveiled plans for its new LaGuardia slots, including daily nonstop flights to Baltimore/Washington with one-way fares starting at $49.And soon after Southwest and JetBlue disclosed plans for adding cheap seats between Boston and Baltimore, Delta said it would be dropping its nonstop service in that market."Southwest is coming into the market and introducing low fares, and Delta has no choice but to try to match with low fares of its own," said industry analyst Vaughn Cordle of AirlineForecasts."You do have the Southwest effect," Grimmett said in an interview a week before Delta slashed its shuttle fares. "But they do stimulate demand."And stimulating demand might very well be the main reason for the Delta price slash at this time, Cordle said."Look where they are," he said. "These are the financial centers, the businessmen routes. These sectors are getting hit the hardest right now."