Delta Adjusting International Schedule
With the doors getting ready to open at Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal early next year, Delta Air Lines has announced a number of international flight cutbacks. For Atlanta with an expected surge in international travel over the next decade, these cuts by Delta arrive at a bad time. The new terminal will add 12 new international gates in what will be known as the “F” concourse, direct access to Atlanta without re-clearing security, and the mobile tram, known as the “Plane Train”, will connect the entire airport.
The once on and off again route from Atlanta to Shanghai is being dropped as of January 18. Five additional seasonal routes, Athens, Greece; Copenhagen, Denmark; Moscow; Prague; and Tel Aviv, Israel, are all on the chopping block. Delta claims these routes are part of a scheduled 2% reduction, and further notes all of these destinations will remain reachable via the Delta and SkyTeam network.
Routes at New York’s JFK hub are likewise on the chopping block and include Manchester, U.K.; Budapest, Hungary; and Berlin. The Delta Hub at JFK is also undergoing a significant project. Terminal 4 is being expanded and will be home to much of Delta Air Lines while Terminal 3, the old, iconic Pan Am Terminal will be razed to increase the tarmac area; Terminal 2 will be kept, with modifications as well as an airside connection to T4.
Between the 30 international gates in Concourse E and the additional 12 in the new F concourse, Atlanta will have 42 international gates and two Federal Inspection Stations for US Customs & Immigrations, one in E and a new one inside the new F concourse.
If oil keeps at a reasonable price, it is likely the Shanghai route will return as will many international flights.
Delta Air Lines operates a fleet including the following types: DC-9-50, MD-88, MD-90, Boeing 737-700’s Boeing 737-800, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, as well as the Airbus A319, Airbus A320, and Airbus A330. Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York JFK, Paris-CDG, Salt Lake City, and Tokyo-Narita.