Delta Air Lines is gearing up to increase the number of flights to Latin American destinations by 20%.
Weekly flights from Minneapolis to Cozumel (Mexico) and from Atlanta to Rotan (Honduras), which Delta discontinued during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, are included in the new schedule.
The addition of new routes will help the Atlanta-based carrier restore operations to pre-pandemic levels.
“This growth comes as Delta works toward full restoration of its network after operating at 85% overall capacity in 2022, with a key focus on its U.S. hubs,” stated the airline in a press release, adding that it is going to reintroduce free Wi-Fi and meals to passengers bound to Latin America.
Delta’s US hubs in New York City (JFK), Atlanta and Detroit will serve as the point of departure for all of these flights.
Between December 16 and January 7, Delta will offer up to 25,000 seats per day to 44 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, primarily Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Costa Rica.
The COVID-19 pandemic kept Americans at home for nearly two years, making them eager to visit other countries, especially Latin American tourist spots known for pristine beaches and warmer weather. This eagerness was quite evident last December, when Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta airport saw a 20% increase in US travelers.