Delta Air Lines adds a handful of international routes into its schedule this winter as demand for international travel continues to grow across the industry.
Beginning December 17, the Atlanta-based airline will for the first time offer non-stop service 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 offer non-stop service from Atlanta to Tel Aviv, Israel.
With the new routes, the airline will offer a total of 10 weekly flights to South Africa and 13 weekly flights to Tel Aviv from three US hubs in Atlanta, Boston and New York.
The airline reported earlier this month that it is seeing and having steady progress in returning international travel Service already resumed to many international markets including Copenhagen, Seoul, Prague and Tokyo.
“International consumer receipts showed significant improvement during the quarter as travel restrictions eased and many countries eliminated testing requirements, including the United States,” Glen Hauenstein, president of Delta Air Lines, told analysts during a conference call.
According to Hauenstein, revenue in the Latin America and Transatlantic regions in June exceeded 2019 levels. 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 the total bookings in September are for international travel that is “at record levels, which is much higher than what we experienced in June,” Hauenstein added.
Likewise, American Airlines chief financial officer Derek Kerr told analysts that the acceleration in business and international long-haul demand contributed to the strength the carrier saw during the three-month span that ended in June.
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“There’s a lot of catching up to do for people traveling internationally, wherever that may be, trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic and long-haul to South America,” Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja told analysts. “And we expect that to remain the case throughout the year.”
Meanwhile, United Airlines said it had already resumed 24 international routes in the second quarter. That Chicago airline also announced a new weekly service between Tokyo and Saipan starting in September.