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Delta Expands Nonstop International Destinations
By DeAllous Smith

Get ready, Atlanta. Delta Air Lines is set to heat things up this winter by adding new routes and increasing seasonal flights to more international destinations from Hartsfield-Jackson.

The Atlanta-based carrier will offer travelers nonstop service from Atlanta to Mumbai, India; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

Along with new service routes, Delta will also increase seasonal flights to popular sun-soaked destinations in the Caribbean. As Atlanta’s hub carrier, Delta’s international ridership rose 13.5 percent from 6,669,181 passengers in 2006 to 7,572,046 travelers in 2007.


Connecting the Global Marketplace

“Delta’s impressive international growth in Atlanta is great not only for the 5 million people in the metro region, but also for the 65 million people who live in the southeastern United States,” said Jeff Pearse, director of marketing and business development. “Connecting to places across the globe is now easier than ever at ATL.”

As Atlanta emerges as the nation’s new gateway to the world, more travelers are discovering the benefits of doing business in the state of Georgia. In 2007, aviation officials reported a total of 8,897,291 international travelers compared to 8,073,855 a year before, which represent a 10.2 percent increase for all air carriers operating at Hartsfield-Jackson.

In the past six months, Delta has added nonstop service to Shanghai, China; London-Heathrow, England and Stockholm, Sweden. “I can’t think of another airport or city that can claim that new, nonstop service has been added to so many overseas destinations all in the same year,” said Pearse.

Hartsfield-Jackson, which offers 85 nonstop global flights, bested Newark International Airport to rank second in the world for nonstop international markets served in 2007. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport ranks No. 1 with 107 nonstop destinations.

New nonstop destinations and service dates for the Atlanta routes:

Mumbai, India November 2008
Kuwait City, Kuwait November 2008
Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 2008
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic December 2008

Additional flights to international destinations for the Atlanta routes:

San Juan, Puerto Rico November 2008
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands December 2008
Oranjestad, Aruba December 2008
George Town, Cayman Islands December 2008
Montego Bay, Jamaica December 2008
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic December 2008
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles December 2008



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