ATLANTA, March 6, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin daily nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Bogota*, Colombia.
The daily frequencies between JFK and Bogota would complement Delta’s existing daily service to Colombia from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“Delta applauds the DOT decision. We continue to grow in Latin America and have quickly become one of the most important airlines serving the region. Connecting South America to our international hub in New York is a key aspect of Delta’s strategic global expansion,” said Christophe Didier, Delta’s vice president of Sales and Government Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We are confident the DOT will finalize this order as soon as possible.”
In the last three months Delta has started nonstop service from New York-JFK to San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panama City, Panama; and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The airline also recently announced nonstop service from New York-JFK to Georgetown*, Guyana, effective July 2, 2008.
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 315 destinations in 59 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years 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 65 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 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 744 worldwide destinations in 151 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
(*) Subject to foreign government approval.