Delta operated an additional humanitarian flight to St. Maarten this morning, carrying relief supplies as well as IT equipment to help the airline restart its operation on the island. Commercial carriers ceased operations from St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport after Hurricane Irma devastated the island in mid-September.
The flight is one of several humanitarian flights Delta has flown to St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and Houston in response to the series of severe hurricanes that hit the areas since September. Onboard this most recent flight, Delta brought IT infrastructure and equipment necessary for the airline to process and board customers, which had been damaged in the storm, in addition to generators and 3,600 pounds of water and nonperishable relief items.
After dropping off supplies and operational teams in St. Maarten, the aircraft flew to nearby San Juan where it operated as an extra flight back to Atlanta, carrying more than 120 customers to the mainland.
Delta aims to have its operation up and running when the airport reopens for commercial flights on Oct. 10.