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Delta Adds More Miami Flights
Delta Air Lines has announced that it is expanding its operations at Miami International Airport. The expansion comes as the airline ramps up cooperation with new joint-venture partner LATAM. Miami is a major U.S. destination for the South American airline, where the airline partnered with American Airlines. The expansion includes new flights to non-Delta hubs as well as additional frequencies on existing routes.
Beginning on May 5, Delta will operate five daily flights between Miami and Orlando, utilizing the Embraer 175 aircraft. Orlando is a strong market for South American travelers, especially tourists visiting the area’s theme markets.
On the same day, the airline will begin service between Miami and Tampa, again utilizing the Embraer 175. Although not as strong with South America as Orlando, Delta can feed joint-venture partner Virgin Atlantic’s flight to London.
On May 22, Delta will begin twice-daily flights between Miami and its focus city in Raleigh-Durham. Like the intra-Florida flights, the Raleigh flights will be operated by the Embraer 175. The final addition is a daily flight to Salt Lake City, operated by a Boeing 737. The flight will begin on July 28. Delta will be the only airline operating between the Magic City and Salt Lake City.
In addition to this new service, Delta will also add an additional daily flight between Miami and its hubs in Atlanta, Detroit, and New York-LaGuardia. The expansion in Miami comes after the airline announced last year a joint-venture with South American giant LATAM. The move came as a surprise as LATAM, a member of Oneworld, was closely aligned with American Airlines.
The new flights to Miami are timed to best connect with LATAM, and Delta plans to start codesharing with LATAM by the end of the first quarter 2020, pending government approval.
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