Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
It’s been a long wait for airlines following the Biden administration’s announcement in September that they would allow vaccinated European travelers to fly to the United States again. But here it is.
of November 8
, travelers who have been properly vaccinated and who test negative for Covid before departure will be able to travel to the United States. Beatrice de Rotalier, Commercial Director France, Delta Air Lines (Photo: LC)
This reopening translates into a boom in reservations at Delta Air Lines. “Since the announcement, we are indeed on an ascending phase of demand towards the destination, explains Beatrice de Rotalier. We feel a real desire to travel to the USA. Although it is a little late for us to see a turnaround in the traffic situation at the end of 2021, I think that the boom should be particularly noticeable in 2022
“, estimates Delta’s Commercial Director.
Business travel in wait-and-see mode
A return of traffic is planned, but without the massive contribution of business travel. “The majority of passengers are expected to be leisure travellers. In the business segment, most budgets remain blocked. In addition, companies are starting to think about travelling differently. Travel less but travel better is probably the new credo
“, analyses Béatrice de Rotalier.
Delta, which works in a joint venture with Air France-KLM, is expanding its winter programme in France. ” We offer seven daily flights from Paris under our own colours. Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York JFK and Seattle. Air France serves Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington
“, explains the French Commercial Director.
For the summer season, Delta Air Lines is also announcing its return from Paris to Cincinnati, Raleigh/Durham and Salt Lake City, as well as the resumption of the seasonal Nice-New York route between spring and autumn. ” We do not intend to fly to other destinations in France at present, such as Lyon. The potential is still not very good for a year-round flight. And our partnership with Air France and the SNCF ensures excellent connections with flights from Paris from all regions
,” says Beatrice de Rotalier.
Among the products promoted with this takeover is the accelerated installation
Delta Premium Select”, a Premium Economy class. According to Béatrice de Rotalier, all European routes should integrate this class of travel next spring. The product is ideal for both leisure travellers who want more comfort and business travellers who are under budgetary pressure from their companies.
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