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Delta Air Lines Adding Flights, Boosting Service for Summer

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 6/16/2020 Donald Wood
a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: A Delta Air Lines aircraft sits parked at Orlando International Airport © rypson/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus A Delta Air Lines aircraft sits parked at Orlando International Airport

Delta Air Lines announced it would add almost 1,000 flights and boost service to key summer destinations in July as a result of eased travel restrictions and increased demand.

Despite the number of people looking to fly rising, the airline’s July schedule will be around 70 percent smaller than the same time last year, including reductions of 65 percent for U.S. domestic travel and 75 percent for international.

Delta revealed it would be focused on adding seat capacity, gradually rebuilding its footprint in local markets and resuming high-demand service previously suspended due to coronavirus restrictions.

The carrier is also adding capacity to popular leisure markets in Florida and along the West Coast, as well as a focus on major hubs like Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.


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In the Latin American and Caribbean markets, Delta will operate approximately 25 percent of its schedule compared to 2019, an improvement over the 90-percent reduction in June. The carrier is also working on adding Trans-Atlantic service to favorite summer destinations as they begin to ease border restrictions.

“Confidence in a safe travel experience is key to a successful recovery,” Delta Senior Vice President Joe Esposito said in a statement. “While we’re rebuilding our network at home and abroad, it’s even more critical that we provide the highest industry standard of safety, space and clean so when our customers are ready to travel, we’re ready for them.”

Delta also announced plans to operate service to Shanghai up to seven times per week, pending government approval, a major step forward in the rebuilding of an aviation relationship between China and the United States.

Customers ready to fly again will be confident in their safety throughout their journey thanks to the carrier’s updated health protocols, including mandatory masks and reduced cabin seating to encourage social distancing.

Travelers also have the flexibility to change their Delta flights without a fee for a year, for new flights purchased through June 30.

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