450% increase in international bookings

Delta says it has seen an increase in international flight bookings in the six weeks since the US government announced plans to ease travel restrictions …

Delta reported a 450% increase in bookings at its outlets for international flights compared to the six weeks before the announcement.

The airline added that “many international flights are expected to be 100% operational on Monday, November 8,” when the United States will reopen its doors to vaccinated travelers from most countries.

Delta said there had been strong demand among leisure and business travelers, highlighting popular destinations such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston and Orlando.

In total, the carrier will operate 139 flights from 55 international destinations in 38 countries on November 8, which equates to more than 25,000 seats.

Flight DL106 from Sao Paulo to Atlanta will be Delta’s first international flight to land in the United States under the new rules, with an expected arrival time of 9:35 a.m. on Monday.

The airline said it would increase its flights this winter on key routes from European cities such as London-Boston, Detroit and New York-JFK; Amsterdam-Boston; Dublin-New York-JFK; Frankfurt-New York-JFK and Munich-Atlanta.

Last month, Delta reported third-quarter profit of $ 216 million (excluding $ 1.3 billion in support from the U.S. government payroll support), domestic and Latin American markets being at the head of the recovery.

Transatlantic revenues were only 35% of their level in the same period of 2019, although this figure was up 20 points in the quarter, “driven by the reopening of borders”. “This is the start of a new era for travel and for many people around the world. Many have not been able to see their loved ones for almost two years, ”said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta.

“While we have seen many countries reopen their borders to US visitors over the summer, our international customers have not been able to fly with us or visit the United States. All of that is changing now. We are grateful to the U.S. government for lifting travel restrictions and look forward to reuniting families, friends and colleagues over the next few days and weeks. “

In recent days, due to the implementation of the vaccination obligation for employees in the United States, many airlines have had to cancel flights officially because of “bad weather”, see Staff problems at US companies .



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