ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) continues to move forward with plans to expand service to Colombia with new service to Cali and Medellin from the world’s largest passenger hub in Atlanta, and also between Bogota and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline today amended its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the increased service to Colombia which, if approved, would supplement Delta’s existing daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Bogota, which began in December 2000.
Delta’s proposed new flights to Colombia will offer daily nonstop service to Bogota from JFK, and nonstop service to Cali and Medellin from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Medellin service would operate four times per week, and the service to Cali would operate three times per week under Delta’s proposal.
“With these new flights, Delta will be one of few airlines to offer direct access to Bogota from New York, and the only U.S. airline to offer nonstop flights to Medellin and Cali from Atlanta,” said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president and chief of Network and Revenue Management. “Not only will Colombian travelers have easy access to two thriving U.S. cities, but also will benefit from the connectivity these two airports offer, to more than 300 destinations worldwide.”
If approved, the new flights to Colombia will complement Delta’s 14 new routes to Latin America and the Caribbean slated to begin between December 2007 and April 2008, five of which will operate from New York-JFK: Panama City, Panama (effective Dec.13); Guatemala City, Guatemala (effective Dec. 14); Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (effective Dec. 20); Liberia, Costa Rica (effective Feb. 16) and San Jose, Costa Rica (effective Feb 16). Other new routes include Atlanta-Queretaro, Mexico (effective Jan. 14); Orlando-Cancun, Mexico (effective Feb. 2); Atlanta-Bonaire (effective Feb. 9); and New York-LaGuardia-Bermuda (effective April 5).
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 58 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than any other major U.S. airline and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 650 weekly flights to 61 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 489 worldwide destinations in 106 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.