Delta Ramps Up Trans-Atlantic Schedule
The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday, November 8, on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada and most of Europe. The reopening will bring back tourists and reconnect family members. International travelers have been mostly banned from flying into the US for more than a year and a half because of the pandemic.
Delta is one of the airlines that has seen a big surge in bookings since that announcement, an increase of 450% compared to six weeks prior. The Atlanta-based carrier is now ramping up its 2022 trans-Atlantic flight schedule as the surge in air travel continues. Delta will restore 12 routes.
“We’re focused on bringing back the routes and destinations our customers love, so they enjoy easy, convenient access to a comprehensive, far-reaching network throughout Europe and its neighboring regions,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s S.V.P. – Network Planning. “With the lifting of restrictions to the U.S. and abroad, plus growing vaccination rates and tremendous pent-up demand, travel to Europe is expected to surge next summer – and Delta customers are assured to enjoy every moment from curb to claim.”
As the largest trans-Atlantic carrier from New York-JFK and Boston, Delta’s summer 2022 schedule will jump 90% in additional capacity, compared with summer 2021. In total, Delta plans to operate up to 73 daily flights to 25 destinations from 10 U.S. gateway cities. Including Delta’s partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic, customers have even more nonstop options to begin their travels with a total of 21 U.S. cities. They can also seamlessly connect from Delta to 186 other destinations throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.
Delta Ramps Up Trans-Atlantic Schedule: Restored Routes
At New York-JFK, Delta will operate up to 29 daily flights to 23 trans-Atlantic destinations in summer 2022, including restarting pre-COVID service to the following markets:
- Daily service to Zurich on Feb. 6, with Boeing 767-400 aircraft.
- Five-times weekly service to Brussels on March 26, with Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
- Five-times weekly service to Edinburgh on May 1, with Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
- Five-times weekly service to Copenhagen and daily service to Prague on May 26, with Boeing 767-300.
Additionally, Delta will:
- Add extra flights to Amsterdam, London, Milan and Rome – all operating twice daily in summer 2022.
- Resume nonstop service to Frankfurt on Dec. 13, which will operate daily in summer 2022 (route last operated in March 2020).
- Upgrade Dublin and Lisbon service to Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 767-300.
In Boston, Delta will operate up to 10 daily flights to nine trans-Atlantic destinations, offering nearly 5,000 more seats each week compared with summer 2019, including:
- Launching two new routes over Memorial Day weekend to Athens and Tel Aviv on the Airbus A330-300 and A330-900, respectively.
- Restarting five-times weekly service to Edinburgh on May 27, with upgraded Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
- Resuming nonstop daily service to Rome on May 1.
- Upgrading service to Amsterdam, Dublin and Paris to the Airbus A330-300 and Lisbon to the Boeing 767-300.
As the biggest carrier in the U.S. Southeast, Delta will operate up 18 daily flights from Atlanta to 14 trans-Atlantic destinations, including:
- Restarting service to Munich on Dec. 13, which will operate daily in summer 2022.
- Resuming nonstop service to Milan on May 1 (route was last operated in summer 2019).
- Increasing service to Amsterdam to three times a day, London and Rome to twice daily.
- Upgrading Dublin service to Airbus A330-300.
- Recently launched service to Athens returns on May 1, with upgraded Airbus A330-300.
Delta will also restore trans-Atlantic service to three key U.S. markets: Portland (PDX) to Amsterdam on May 3, and Cincinnati (CVG) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Paris on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, respectively.