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Delta Air Lines is coming out swinging in New York, making a grab for prized business travelers at both JFK and LaGuardia. The carrier is spending $1.2 billion to expand JFK’s Terminal 4, where it will consolidate all its international gates and add a 24,000-square-foot Sky Club lounge, with a May 2013 target for completion. Delta’s antiquated Terminal 3 will be demolished. Meanwhile, Delta will go head-to-head with American and United at LaGuardia, where it plans to expand operations by more than 75 percent this summer with 264 daily flights from LaGuardia to more than 60 cities. Delta is spending $100 million to expand into LaGuardia’s Terminal C, though it will also continue existing operations at Terminal D. At the same time, Delta is trimming flights from Atlanta. It already discontinued service to Shanghai and is cutting routes to Athens, Copenhagen, Moscow, Prague and Tel Aviv this summer. However, ATL debuts a new Delta international terminal this summer, with a new Sky Club flagship lounge.