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Published on Monday, August 9, 2021

Delta Air Lines ramping up UK schedules






Delta Air Lines is increasing transatlantic services as American travellers gain quarantine-free access to the UK.


It will offer nearly 30 weekly flights to London Heathrow later this year.


It is flying nonstop service to London Heathrow via four US hubs as Delta restarts three-times-weekly service from Seattle on 7 October.


A four-times-weekly service from Detroit starts on 11 October and New York-JFK flights will double to twice a day beginning 6 October.


Delta also operates daily from its primary Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson hub. 


Delta customers can also fly from Boston, Los Angeles and Miami courtesy of joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic.


The airlines now offer a combined 43 weekly flights, operated in conjunction with partners KLM and Air France.


"This long-awaited reopening marks a major milestone since the borders closed to most travellers, more than a year ago," said Joe Esposito, Delta's SVP - Network Planning.


Americans visiting the UK must provide proof of full vaccination and a negative PCR test taken with three days of departure and must then take another PCR test two days after arrival.


Entry to the US from the U.K. remains restricted except for US citizens and permanent residents and others who qualify for limited exemptions.


The US-UK travel corridor is key to business travel as well as the leisure market with 22 million people flown between the two countries in 2019.


 

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