Delta Set To Resume Select International Services In May

Delta Set To Resume Select International Services In May
Delta to resume some international flights Photo: Airbus

Last Friday, US carrier Delta Airlines has released its schedule for the month of May. While, the airline's schedule for the second quarter of 2020 will be down almost 85%, Delta will operate scheduled flights including several international flights.



Delta Airlines is continuing these select international flights considering customer demand, CDC guidelines and government travel restrictions. These flights will allow effective movement of people and cargo.

Majority of the flights announced are within North ad South America along with handful of trans-atlantic and trans-pacific flights.

However, all other international flights to Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe will remain suspended until further notice, due to less demand, travel restrictions and lockdown.

Canada

Delta will resume flights to six cities in Canada. Altogether, the carrier will operate seven routes to and from Canada in May. 

Some flights to Canada will be operated on Delta Connection Fleet Photo: Getty

Majority of these flights to and from Canada will be operated by Delta Connection service along with some mainline fleet. These routes are:
  1. Detroit to Montreal
  2. Detroit to Toronto
  3. New York-JFK to Toronto
  4. Seattle to Vancouver

Above listed flights will be operated at least once a day. However, the frequency remains subject to change. Along with this Delta will operate three more routes:
  1. Detroit to Ottawa
  2. Minneapolis to Calgary
  3. Minneapolis to Edmonton
These three flights will be operated on less than daily frequencies. Around five flights will be operated on these routes.

Latin America & Caribbean

Delta will operate scheduled flights on seven routes to Caribbean from Atlanta and New York-JFK:

  1. Atlanta to Nassau
  2. Atlanta to Providenciales (Saturday only)
  3. Atlanta to St. Croix (Saturday only)
  4. Atlanta to St. Thomas
  5. Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  6. New York-JFK to Santiago, Dominican Republic
  7. New York-JFK to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Delta Set To Resume Select International Services In May
Long-haul flights will be operated on Airbus A350s Photo: Airbus

Delta will operate five routes to Central America from it's hub in Atlanta:
  1. Atlanta to Guatemala City, Guatemala
  2. Atlanta to Liberia, Costa Rica
  3. Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica
  4. Atlanta to San Pedro Suls, Honduras
  5. Atlanta to San Salvador, El Salvador
All these flight to and Central America will be operated on less than daily frequencies.


Similarly, Delta will resume three routes to and from Mexico:
  1. Atlanta to Mexico City
  2. Atlanta to Cancun
  3. Salt Lake City to Mexico City
To South America, Delta will resume scheduled service on five routes from the start of second week of May:

  1. Atlanta to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Atlanta to Lima, Peru
  3. Atlanta to Quito, Ecuador
  4. Atlanta to Santiago, Chile
  5. Atlanta to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Delta Set To Resume Select International Services In May
Delta will operated Boeing 767s on majority flight to South America Photo: Getty

All these routes will be served by Boeing 767 aircraft, expect the one to Quito which will be served by Boeing 757.


Trans-Atlantic

Across Europe, Delta will resume scheduled service on these three routes:
  1. Atlanta to Amsterdam (Daily)
  2. Atlanta to Paris-Charles De Gaulle
  3. Detroit to Amsterdam (Daily)
The flights to and from Atlanta will be operated on Airbus A330-300 whereas, the fight to and from will be operated on Airbus A350-900.


Delta Set To Resume Select International Services In May
Trans-Pacific flights will be operated on A330neo as well Photo: Airbus



Trans-Pacific

Similarly, Delta will operate flights from Detroit and Seattle to Seoul-Incheon and Tokyo-Haneda. Flights bound to and from Seattle will be operated on Airbus A330-900neo aircraft whereas, flights bound to and from Detroit will be operated on Airbus A350-900.

Along with this, Delta will also operate cargo-only flights between Seoul-Incheon and Shanghai to Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles, transporting essential medical supplies and life-saving health kits and cargo.


Majority of these flights are bound for destinations where Delta has a strong source of revenue. Most flights are mainly to Delta's partner hubs.

Delta may use LATAM network in South America Photo: Getty

Along with this, Delta is resuming flights to key destinations in South America that also serve as hubs for LATAM, Delta's new partner. LATAM has arms in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Santiago.


Delta might use its partner's network for connection flights as well.

Delta is resuming these flights due to increase in passenger demand to return back home along with necessity for movement of life saving medical supplies and cargo.

However, these passengers may face with quarantines on either end of their travels, due to current government travel restrictions and regulations.


The airline has announced reductions of 80% in its domestic capacity and 90% reduction intentionally. 

Grounded Delta Airlines planes in Marana, Pinal Air Park, Arizona.
Grounded Delta planes in Marana, Pinal Air Park, Arizona Photo: From Web

All of the above mentioned flight schedule, routes and frequencies, remains subject to change, reviewing nature of COVID-19.

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