Delta is making some expansions and changes in response to customer demand at the airline’s second-largest hub, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), including the extension of Honolulu service beginning Saturday.
Responding to customer demand: Aloha Honolulu
Delta customers looking to get their Hawaii fix will have more chances to do so next summer, as Delta extends its seasonal Minneapolis-St. Paul to Honolulu service. Winter seasonal service commences Oct. 29 (the same day that Delta’s service to Tokyo-Haneda begins from MSP) and will now continue through Labor Day 2017 instead of a previously planned hiatus in April 2017.
The increased Honolulu service will take the place of Delta’s summer seasonal service to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, which will not return next summer due to weak demand. Delta’s MSP customers can still easily get to Rome with convenient one-stop connections at Delta’s Atlanta, Detroit or New York-JFK gateways or via Joint Venture partner hubs in Amsterdam and Paris.
Joint Venture partner KLM adding Amsterdam (AMS) service next summer
Delta’s JV partner KLM will launch three-day-per-week seasonal service from MSP-AMS starting next summer. KLM’s departure at 2:50 p.m. will complement Delta’s existing thrice daily MSP-AMS service. Customers can take advantage of dozens of simple connections in Amsterdam to over 50 destinations in Europe, Africa and India on KLM and codeshare partners Jet Airways and Transavia.
Further domestic enhancements next summer
In addition to the Honolulu extension, Delta customers will enjoy added flight options to San Jose, Calif. (SJC); Phoenix (PHX), and Richmond, Va. (RIC), next summer:
- SJC: One additional round trip for a total of three
- PHX: One additional round trip for a total of six
- RIC: One additional round trip for a total of two
“This additional flying speaks to the great connecting opportunities over MSP as well as local demand for nonstop flying between Minneapolis-St. Paul and these communities,” said Andy Renner, Director – Domestic Planning. “These additions will complement our ongoing work to fly larger aircraft at our MSP hub as we replace 50-seat jet flying with more two-class regional jet and mainline departures with a particular focus on ensuring First Class service in the top business destinations.”