As the travel restrictions around the world started to ease and air travel increased airlines are taking prompt actions to cater to the demand. Delta Air Lines is adding almost 1,000 flights and enhancing flights to key summer destinations in July. However, the number of passengers to fly increases but the airline’s July schedule will be down by 70% as compared to the same time last year.
However, there is a 65% reduction in the airline’s domestic flights and a 75% reduction in travel on its international flights.
The airline plans to add its seat capacity. It also plans to resume high demand service, which it was previously not operating due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Delta Airlines had a total of 687 routes in January but its number of routes came down to 341 in May.
This is about a 50% decrease in its number of routes. The airline took the decision to reduce its number of flights. As the world was hit by the pandemic causing the travel industry at a halt.
CEO Ed Bastian said in March that due to low demand the airline plans to reduce its international flights by 20%-25%. However, reduction in its domestic flights was by 10%-14%.
Increased Flight Schedule
However, the airline plans to resume its flights to Florida and along the West Coast. The airline will also focus on major hubs like Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City.
Delta will operate with only 25% of its flight schedule for Latin America and the Caribbean. As compared to its flight schedule for last year. However, this is an improvement in the schedule over the 90% reduction in June.
Moreover, the airline is planning to add flights for Trans-Atlantic service to favorite summer destinations. As Atlantic has started to ease its border restrictions.
The airline also plans to resume its operations to Shanghai up to seven times per week. But the government’s approval is still pending. It will be a major step forward in rebuilding an aviation relationship between China and the United States.
Safety On Board
Delta Senior Vice President, Joe Esposito said in a statement, “Confidence in a safe travel experience is key to a successful recovery. While we are 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 are ready for them.”
The airline has published enhanced safety protocols so the passengers feel safe to fly with Delta. The airline has made it mandatory to wear facemask in all its flights. Anyone failing to comply with the airline’s policy will have to face the penalty.
Delta is making sure that the customers are aware of their policies and comply with the rules of face coverings. Moreover, Delta has reduced the cabin seating and is not booking the middle seat to encourage social distancing.
Travelers can cancel or change their delta flights free of cost. The airline is not charging any fee for new flights purchased through June 30.