NASSAU, Feb.1, 2007 – Delta Air Lines – Bahamas’ 2006 “Airline of the Year” – is adding two new routes between its largest hub in Atlanta and The Islands of The Bahamas with nonstop service to George Town, Exuma1 and North Eleuthera1 beginning June 16. The new flights, to be operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines, are the latest additions in the largest international expansion in Delta’s history.
“The Bahamas has been a preferred vacation spot for many years and we are thrilled to add George Town, Exuma and North Eleuthera as the latest convenient flight options from our Atlanta hub,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s vice president of Marketing. “These flights complement our existing service to Nassau from Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York-LaGuardia and Orlando and to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island from Atlanta and reaffirm our commitment to be a leading carrier to the Bahamas.”
The new flights also come on the heels of an announcement by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel Association that Delta has received the Cacique Award as the Bahamas “Airline of the Year” for 2006. The Cacique Award is the most prestigious tourism award in Bahamas given every year to companies and individuals in the travel industry, including airlines, cruise lines, taxi drivers, and hotel employees.
“Delta is honored to be the Bahamas’ 2006 Airline of the Year in recognition for the excellent service provided by our employees to customers in the Bahamas and around the world,” said Smith, who accepted the award at a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 26. “This award recognizes the continuing improvements in our service and flight schedules, including new cabin interiors, stylish new uniforms, celebrity-designed menus, signature cocktails, live, in-seat entertainment on long-haul flights and a long list of new international destinations.”
"The Islands Of The Bahamas welcome new strategic nonstop regional jet service from Atlanta to George Town, Exuma and North Eleuthera by our long-term partner, Delta Air Lines, winner of the highly coveted Cacique Award as ‘Airline of the Year - 2006,’ " stated Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe. "This would stimulate increased tourism to Exuma and North Eleuthera from repeat customers and from new customers who would now enjoy unfettered, direct market access from Atlanta and from numerous cities that connect into Delta's Atlanta hub."
To celebrate the award and the new service, Delta is offering a special low introductory fare of $199 each way, based on a round-trip purchase, for travel between Atlanta and George Town, Exuma or North Eleuthera. Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from your travel agent. See below for details. Customers should act fast, however, as tickets must be purchased by Feb. 12, with travel completed by Sept. 29. See below for other rules and restrictions.
Delta’s new flights to Georgetown and North Eleuthera will operate year-round as follows:
Delta’s schedule between Atlanta and George Town, Exuma, effective June 16:
|4419||Atlanta at 11:00 a.m.||George Town at 1:26 p.m.||Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun||CRJ|
|4420||George Town at 2:06 p.m.||Atlanta at 4:36 p.m.||Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun||CRJ|
Delta’s schedule between Atlanta and North Eleuthera, effective June 16:
|4457||Atlanta at 11:15 a.m.||N Eleuthera at 1:26 p.m.||Mon, Fri, Sat||CRJ|
|4458||N Eleuthera at 2:06 p.m.||Atlanta at 4:21 p.m.||Mon, Fri, Sat||CRJ|
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1Subject to foreign government approval.
A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection carriers: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Freedom Airlines and Shuttle America.
Restrictions: Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from your travel agent. Tickets cost $10 more if purchased from Delta over the telephone or $15 more if purchased at an airport or city ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Travel agents may impose an additional service charge for ticketing. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Tickets: Fares shown are one-way. Round-trip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours after reservations are made, but no later than February 12, 2007. See delta.com for online ticket purchase requirements and restrictions. Travel Period: Travel may begin June 16, 2007 through August 31, 2007. Travel must be completed by September 29, 2007. Blackout Dates: None. Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines flights only. Minimum Stay: 2 nights. Maximum Stay: 30 days, or September 29, 2007, whichever is earlier. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Fares are nonrefundable. Delta may permit you to apply a portion of the fare value to future travel upon payment of applicable fees and fare difference, otherwise the ticket will have no value. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Delta may allow you to cancel certain electronic tickets until midnight of the day after purchase (or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first) without penalty if purchased at the time of reservation directly from Delta. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Taxes/Fees: Fares do not include a $3.40 Federal Excise Tax, Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $4.50, or the September 11th Security Fee of up to $2.50 for each flight segment in the passenger’s ticketed itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. International fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $30.20 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $280, depending on itinerary. These taxes and fees are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is purchased. SkyMiles and Partner Offers: Bonus mile offers valid only for tickets purchased at delta.com, after you fly. Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. Partners subject to change. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/memberguide. Miscellaneous: Fares and rules are subject to change without notice. Offers subject to change and void where prohibited by law. Special offers issued at delta.com may not be applied to or combined with other Delta fares or offers. It is the responsibility of the passenger to be in possession of all necessary documentation (e.g. valid passport, visa where applicable) at the time of departure from origin. Delta reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without the proper documentation. Other restrictions may apply. ©2007 Delta Air Lines, Inc.