Delta increased its number of seats to the Caribbean leisure destinations by 15 percent this holiday season for customers traveling between Dec. 17 and Jan. 7. With 26 destinations served by Delta in the Caribbean, this increase in capacity has become a yearly trend as U.S. tourists choose these tropical islands as their preferred vacation spot during the holidays.
“We are constantly reworking our capacity to best respond to our customers’ travel needs,” said Jose Pepe Zapata, Delta’s General Manager -- Central America and the Caribbean. “But it's not just about offering more seats -- our customers expect punctual flights to and from their destinations and a worry-free travel experience from the very beginning of their journey. That's why we strive to offer industry-leading reliability and better service during every stage of travel.”
Delta's increased capacity to the Caribbean during the holidays includes:
- Atlanta - Aruba: Replaced the Boeing 757-200 with a larger Boeing 767-400
- New York-JFK - Nassau: Increased service from one to two daily flights
- Atlanta-Montego Bay: Increased service from four to five daily flights
A highlight of Delta’s recent growth in the Caribbean was the airline’s return to Cuba for the first time in 55 years. Delta began offering passenger service to Cuba Dec. 1 with nonstop daily flights from Miami, New York-JFK and Atlanta to Havana.
According to reports by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, tourism in the region has experienced record-breaking growth in the last two years, surpassing every major region globally for the first time. North America was the largest market for the Caribbean, with travel from the U.S. and Canada accounting for 60 percent of all arrivals, while the total number of U.S. travelers increased by 6.3 percent year over year. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica saw the highest numbers of total arrivals.