Monday, October 5, 2015

Delta expands overseas service for summer '16

As part of its ongoing aggressive expansion, Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will add several new nonstop flights to Europe for the summer of 2016.

Starting May 26, 2016, Delta will add daily service from its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub (MSP) to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and will add six weekly flights from Detroit (DET) to Munich, Germany.

Rome will be Delta's fifth long-haul international destination from Minneapolis-St. Paul and the 10th peak-day flight between the U.S. and Italy for summer 2016. The service will be operated in conjunction with Delta's joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia using Boeing (NYSE:BA) 767-300ER aircraft.

Delta flight departs SEA
"Rome is … the most popular destination in Europe not to already have direct service from MSP International Airport,” Jeff Hamiel, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said in a statement about the new service. “Direct service to Rome gives businesses, colleges and civic organizations in Minnesota another opportunity to attract visitors from the Mediterranean region of Europe."

Daily flights will depart MSP at 5:25 p.m., arriving in Rome at 10 a.m. the following day. Return flights, which begin May 27, will depart Rome at 11:45 a.m., arriving at MSP at 3:45 p.m.

Also beginning May 26, the airline will add six weekly flights from Detroit (DTW) to Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC), again in conjunction with its joint venture partners. Passengers on the Munich flights will ride on 767-400ER aircraft.

Delta flights to MUC will leave DTW at 9:55 p.m., Sunday through Friday, arriving in M√ľnchen (Munich) at 12:25 p.m. the following day. Return flights will depart at 12:30 p.m. starting May 27 and arrive at DTW at 4 p.m.

In all, Delta will offer five new routes across the Atlantic beginning next summer. The other routes will be New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI); Salt Lake City (SLC) to London-Heathrow (LHR); and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

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