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Published on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Delta will keep middle seat empty 'well into next year'

Delta will continue limiting cabin capacity 'well into next year' CEO Ed Bastian said.

It has been blocking the middle seat for months and says Delta customers 'feel great comfort' in having the extra space.

"We're one of the few airlines in the world still that's blocking the middle seat and capping the load factors on our plane at somewhere around two-thirds of the normal capacity," Bastian told FOX Business.

It previously said it would keep the middle seat free until at least 6 January 2021.

Bastian said there is no definite date on when the middle seat will be sold again but it will be determined by customer feedback.

"We haven't decided when next year is the right time to start to sell the middle seat, but, at this point in time, it's going to be based very much on customer sentiment," Bastian said.

"We're learning from medical experts about advances and dealing with the virus, and when people are comfortable buying and sitting back in the middle seats -- and that's going to take a number of months."



Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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