Delta is adding new international routes as travel demand increases

Delta is adding new international routes as travel demand increases

Delta Air Lines is adding a handful of international routes to its schedule this winter as demand for international travel continues to grow in the industry.

Beginning Dec. 17, the Atlanta-based airline will offer nonstop service for the first time from its largest hub in Atlanta to Cape Town, Africa, and from Los Angeles to Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Beginning in May 2023, the airline is also scheduled to add nonstop service from Atlanta to Tel Aviv, Israel.

With the new routes, the airline will offer a total of 10 weekly flights to South Africa as well as 13 weekly flights to Tel Aviv from three US hubs in Atlanta, Boston and New York.

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The airline reported earlier this month that it is seeing steady progress in the return of international travel and has already resumed service to many international markets, including Copenhagen, Seoul, Prague and Tokyo.

Passengers traveling by air

A passenger walks past a Delta Airlines flight at a gate at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on January 3, 2022. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo/Reuters)

“International consumer revenues showed significant improvement during the quarter as travel restrictions eased and many countries removed testing requirements, including the United States,” Delta Air Lines President Glen Hauenstein told analysts on an earnings call.

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In June, revenues in Latin America and the transatlantic regions exceeded 2019 levels, according to Hauenstein. He also noted that “The Pacific is accelerating as Korea and Australia have reopened and restrictions are being eased in Japan.”

So far, about 60% of total September bookings are for international travel, which “are at record levels that are much higher than what we experienced in June,” Hauenstein added.

Salt Lake City International Airport

Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer/AP Newsroom)

Similarly, American Airlines Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr also told analysts that the acceleration of business activity and long-haul international demand contributed to the strength the airline saw during the three-month period ending in June.

Ticker Safety Last Change Change %
VALLEY DELTA AIR LINES INC. 31.70 +0.20 +0.63%
EEL AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. 13.76 -0.21 -1.50%
UAL UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS INC. 36.74 +0.32 +0.88%

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“There is a lot of pent-up demand for people traveling internationally, wherever that may be, transpacific, transatlantic, and long-haul South America,” Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja told analysts. “And we expect that to continue throughout the year.”

Meanwhile, United Airlines announced that it has already resumed 24 international routes in the second quarter. The Chicago-based airline also announced new weekly service between Tokyo and Saipan starting in September.

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