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Delta Air Lines Amps Up Summer Flights to Europe

Features & Advice | Delta Air Lines | Gretchen Kelly | May 31, 2013

Delta Air Lines has announced the seasonal return of flight service to several key tourist hot spots in Europe and one new regular flight from Newark to Paris. Delta begins new regular nonstop service between Newark's Liberty International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on June 1.

The airline, which just opened its first phase renovation of the new Terminal 4 at JFK, said in a release that the Paris flight compliments Delta’s current Newark to Amsterdam service and underscores a commitment to passengers flying out of the New Jersey airport.  Airline analysts say the carrier is aiming to be the largest international airline in the New York Metropolitan area.  Currently, Delta dominates at JFK where it carries more international passengers than any other airline. At Newark, United rules, flying half the international routes out of their New Jersey hub.

Delta will also begin seasonal nonstop service between Pisa’s Galileo Galilei International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Monday, 3 June 2013. The flight will initially operate three times weekly and increase to four times weekly effective 21 June. The flight will operate throughout the peak summer season using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partner Alitalia.

Delta is also restarting seasonal nonstop service between Athens International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday 2 June 2013. The flight will operate daily using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 298 seats, and will be operated in junction with Air France KLM.  The airline said that it carried over 125,000 passengers between Greece and the U.S. in 2012, with an average load factor of nearly 85% on the route.

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