Delta Air Lines is ramping up operations in New York with more than 300 daily departures scheduled from its two hubs this summer.
Delta senior vice president – air operations, east Henry Kuykendall said that based on current schedules the flights, which will operate out of the city’s John F Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, will mean the airline is offering more departures from New York than any other airline.
He added: “From providing essential service for healthcare workers with a handful of flights at the peak of the pandemic to serving more customers in the weeks and months ahead, Delta and its 9,000-plus New York-based employees have long been part of the fabric of the New York community.
“The challenges we experienced over the past year only deepened our connection and commitment to this dynamic and resilient city where we live, work and serve.
“Delta people have been and continue to be with New York every step of the way. Whether they’re coming to enjoy all that the city has to offer or connecting across our global network, customers can rely on Delta to help reclaim their lives.”
Kuykendall said Delta’s domestic and international schedule at New York-JFK has rebounded significantly in 2021, with reinstated service to seven domestic markets including Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana and Washington-Dulles, Virginia all resuming within the past month.
The airline also restarted flights from JFK to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport on 1 May.
Following the recent lift of entry restrictions into Italy, Delta will operate Covid-19-tested flights from JFK daily to Milan; three times per week to Rome, increasing to daily 1 July; and daily to Venice beginning 2 July.
Daily nonstop flights to Athens, Greece, will resume 28 May, and new nonstop service four times per week from JFK to Dubrovnik, Croatia, will begin 2 July for fully vaccinated travellers or customers who meet testing requirements. This is the first time Delta will operate flights to Croatia.
At La Guardia, Delta will be the first airline to reinstate service to a number of key business markets including recently added Louisville, Kentucky and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and growing to include Greensboro, North Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, Omaha, Nebraska, and Birmingham, Alabama in June.
New twice-daily flights to Toronto will commence 5 August, with plans to boost to six times per day this fall as travel restrictions lift and transborder demand returns.
Delta vice president – sales, east Chuck Imhof said: “After a very difficult year, New Yorkers are looking to make up for lost time and more eager than ever to reconnect with friends and family.
“And Delta couldn’t be more ready to welcome back customers just in time for summer travel. We have been working hard to elevate all aspects of the travel experience, including maintaining rigorous cleaning standards, introducing new onboard snack and beverage options, and working quickly on improved airport facilities.
“Providing our customers with a safe and seamless journey every step of the way will remain Delta’s top priority.”