ATLANTA, March 30, 2007 – Delta Air Lines is rolling out the red carpet for more than 1.5 million Delta customers who are expected to fly to, from or through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport through Monday. With more than 90 percent of the airline’s seats sold this weekend, Delta is adding staffing and opening all check-in lanes and kiosks to accommodate increased traffic related to the NCAA Men's Final Four tournament in Atlanta and peak Spring Break travel.
“It’s rare to have so many people departing and arriving into the same city at once, but our redesigned Atlanta lobby is configured to accommodate additional customer traffic making it easier than ever for customers to travel through Delta’s flagship hub this spring,” said Greg Kennedy, Delta's vice president of customer service at Hartsfield-Jackson. "We're ready, we're excited and we're pumped to welcome more than a million Delta customers to our hometown of Atlanta this weekend."
Customers traveling through Atlanta are reminded to arrive to the airport early and take advantage of Delta’s added services to speed their trip through the airport. Customers can now:
- Check in online and print boarding passes at delta.com;
- Utilize any of Delta’s convenient check-in areas, including new South Terminal lower-level check-in, Delta’s dedicated MARTA check-in counter at the Airport station; or any of Delta’s 75 self check-in kiosks located throughout Hartsfield-Jackson, now featuring full functionality for international flights;
- Check baggage quickly and efficiently through Delta’s new self-drop baggage counters; and
- Enjoy new Relax and Recharge stations throughout the airport for recharging laptops and other electronic devices on the go.
In addition to transporting spectators to Atlanta for the Final Four this weekend, Delta also will play the distinct role of returning all Final Four teams to their campuses via special charter flights this Sunday and Monday.
"No matter your pick this weekend, Delta's got you covered," Kennedy said. "Delta is proud to transport more March Madness teams to and from this year’s tournament than any other airline. We congratulate Florida, Georgetown, UCLA and Ohio State for making it to Atlanta and we look forward to welcoming these exceptional teams aboard Delta.”
Delta’s flagship hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s largest airline hub. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer nearly 1,000 peak-day departures to 243 nonstop destinations from Atlanta – more nonstop flights and destinations than any airline hub in the world. Delta’s Atlanta hub is one of the fastest growing international gateways in the United States, with more than 20 new international markets added in the last year. Atlanta is the home of Delta’s largest international hub with flights to 71 international destinations in 45 countries.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 308 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 60 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 31 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 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 458 worldwide destinations in 99 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.