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Delta is the world’s 2nd-largest airline; 13 airports joined map; Minneapolis hub grown most since 2023

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Based on analysing Cirium schedule information, Delta is the world’s second-largest airline by the number of available seats in Q2 2024 (April-June). It has 61.6 million, +6% year-on-year. However, its recovery continues, as capacity is down by 2% compared to the three months in the pre-pandemic 2019.

Thirteen airports have been added, but four have been removed

Based on having at least four departing flights, Delta’s full network in the three months comprises 306 airports. Using Cirium to compare Q2 2024 with Q2 2023 indicates that the following airports have joined its map. Five of the additions are brand-new to Delta’s network.

  • June 2024: Halifax (last served in 2019), Santa Barbara (last served in 2020), Taipei (new on a non-stop basis)
  • May 2024: Naples (new), Shannon (last served in 2020)
  • April 2024: McAllen (last served in 2012), Midland/Odessa (new)
  • March 2024: Tulum (new)
  • December 2023: Cartagena (last served in 2020), Curacao (last served in 2010), Rio de Janeiro GIG (served until March 2023)
  • November 2023: Cozumel (last served in 2020)
  • October 2023: Auckland (new)

While the following airports saw Delta’s aircraft in 2023, they have exited its network: Düsseldorf (last served in October 2023), La Crosse (June 2023), Moab (November 2023) and State College (June 2023). Düsseldorf no longer has any US flights.

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Minneapolis has grown the most of Delta’s busiest airports

All of Delta’s busiest hubs and focus cities have more capacity than they did last year. However, things are different compared to Q2 2019, with only half of the ten growing: Boston (+35%), Orlando (+11%), New York JFK (+5%), Salt Lake City (+4%) and Seattle (+4%). Another notable change compared to 2019 is that Minneapolis has leapfrogged Detroit to become the airline’s second airport.

Back to 2024 versus 2023. Minneapolis has grown the most, with seats +7%. Based on having four or more departing flights in Q2, Delta’s Minneapolis network has risen from 130 destinations to 136. Of route additions in 2024, it introduced Minneapolis-Syracuse on May 7 (daily; last served in 2020) and Dublin on 9 May (daily; new to Delta’s network). Two routes will begin on June 7: Norfolk (daily; last served in 2020) and Knoxville (daily; last served in 2021).

Top 10 Delta hubs focus cities Q2 2024

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