Delta will be the first airline to resume service to Athens with daily flights from New York-JFK and Atlanta
  • Delta will be the first airline to resume service to Athens after Greece opens with no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers or those with a negative PCR test
  • Daily New York-JFK service returns May 28
  • New daily Atlanta service launches July 2

Customers seeking a global escape to explore historical ruins, island hop or enjoy Greek gyros have more options than ever this summer.

Delta will be the first airline to resume service to Athens International Airport (ATH) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) starting May 28. The nonstop daily service will provide a convenient connection from 44 U.S. cities to one of the highest demand leisure markets in Europe open to travelers.

Additionally, Delta will launch new daily nonstop service to ATH on July 2 from its global headquarters and biggest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Customers will have significant connection opportunities to ATL from 143 cities across the country. Delta last operated the route in 2011.

“Customers are eager to reclaim their lives and for many that means traveling again,” said Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning. “Outdoor-friendly destinations like Greece are particularly in demand and flying Delta means you can continue to expect award-winning hospitality with new services to make the entire journey more enjoyable, simple and stress-free.”

Customers traveling to Greece from the U.S. will be welcome to visit as tourists and will no longer be subject to quarantine requirements if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued up to 72 hours before arrival.

Delta’s service to Athens marks one of the first destinations in Europe that will reopen to travelers from the U.S., providing greater opportunity to more safely stimulate the local economy amid global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Delta will also resume and expand its flights to Reykjavík, Iceland for vaccinated travelers, with new service from Boston and returning service from JFK and Minneapolis/St. Paul starting next month.

Both ATL and JFK routes will operate on the 293-seat Airbus A330 equipped with Wi-Fi and featuring Delta One full-flat beds, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service. All customers will enjoy tons of must-watch films and television shows from top studios on their personal seat-back entertainment screens. Delta also recently announced plans to bring high-speed Wi-Fionboard in 2021 – a key step in offering free Wi-Fi in the future.

Flights will be operated in conjunction with partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.

This summer, Delta will operate approximately 4,000 daily flights to more than 200 domestic and more than 50 international destinations.

More ways to enjoy travel

In addition to more destinations this summer, Delta is welcoming customers with new travel experiences – all while enhancing the Delta CareStandard health and safety commitment the airline has become known for during the pandemic.   

  • Delta’s new Travel Planning Center, which includes an interactive map to search by price or destination type, is a one-stop guide to manage travel restrictions, testing requirements and everything else along the journey. Read more.
  • Each flight counts for more with industry-first Status accelerators – like SkyMiles Members earning more toward Medallion status on nearly every Delta flight, including Award Travel. Read more.
  • New treats and classic favorites like Coca-Cola beverages, snacks and Tip Top Proper Cocktails are back on board all domestic and select short-haul international flights – and hot food items are just around the corner. Read more.
  • Customers have more flexibility than ever to plan and rebook their trips with an industry-leading travel credit extension for all tickets expiring in 2021 and all tickets purchased in 2021 through Dec. 31, 2022. Read more.
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