Delta Airlines sees significant increase in bookings as the US prepares to reopen, with a reported 450% increase in term bookings.
Delta Airbus A330-300 departing from Dublin Airport – Image, economy class and beyond.
Delta saw a 450% increase in bookings at international outlets compared to six weeks prior to the announcement. Many international flights are expected to operate at 100% on Monday, November 8, with high passenger volume in the following weeks.
For Delta, the change in US immigration rules has an impact on 33 countries around the world, Delta serving 10 of these non-stop and more via its hubs in conjunction with its partners, including Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
According to the airline, there is strong demand from both leisure and business travelers to destinations such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston and Orlando.
In total, the airline will operate 139 flights from 55 international destinations in 38 countries landing in the United States on November 8, offering more than 25,000 seats to its passengers.
Flight DL106 from Sao Paulo to Atlanta will be Delta’s first international flight to land in the United States under the new rules on Monday at 9:35 a.m.
Develop the international network
With the “return” of transatlantic travel and consumer confidence in booking flights, Delta is increasing flights from European cities this winter. Here are some examples of network scaling:
- London – Boston
- London- Detroit
- London – New York-JFK
- Amsterdam – Boston
- Dublin – New York-JFK
- Frankfurt – New York-JFK
Delta’s Atlanta hub will see 56 international departures per day to 39 destinations. Meanwhile, the New York-JFK hub will see 28 daily departures to 21 international cities.
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta, said
“It is the start of a new era for travel and for many people around the world who have not been able to see their loved ones for almost two years”
“Although 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 coming days and weeks. ”
Are you planning to enter the USA?
I’m going to have a much more in-depth post on this (probably coming out over the weekend), but here’s the rundown from Delta:
Foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the United States with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Unvaccinated foreign nationals can only enter the United States if they meet the criteria for very limited exceptions and agree to undergo testing, quarantine, and vaccination after arrival. Customers must also provide details to meet US contact tracing requirements. More information on entry requirements is available on Delta’s Trip Planning Center and through official U.S. government resources.
A requirement of Delta passengers will be that all guests 2 years of age and older must wear a face cover throughout the trip.
Looks like November 8th is gonna be loaded in the air
Airlines are gearing up for November 8 – it’s been obvious for weeks that the US government announced the opening of its borders to passengers, with the re-establishment of routes and increased frequencies.
Passengers react to this as they seek to meet in person, whether for business, pleasure, or to meet families after a long period of separation (remember, some people don’t want to fly , or have not been able to fly thanks to the last 18 months or so).
For these passengers, airlines seek to capitalize on both the increase and, more importantly, the return of these customers.
I can’t wait to go back transatlantically (and depending on the circumstances, I might try to do something for the end of the year) and for myself – to reconnect with those that I missed.
But for those who are preparing to travel, just make sure you have completed all the paperwork. Whether it is the vaccination status, the pre-tests if necessary and of course. your ESTA.
Your ESTA is still working, isn’t it? If in doubt, it might be time to renew at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
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