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New Route of the Day – Americas (16 December 2023): Delta between Atlanta and Curacao

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Delta inaugurated flights between Atlanta and Curacao in the Caribbean on Saturday 16 December. The 2,850-kilometre route will be operated weekly with the 160-seat 737-800 aircraft, The carrier will add an additional weekly rotation on 26 December 2023 and 2 January 2024 to cater for the holiday demand. The SkyTeam member faces no competition.

Flight DL1783 departs Atlanta at 09:45 local time, arriving in Curacao at 14:45 local time. The return service, operating as DL1783, takes off from the Caribbean island at 16:10 local time, touching back down in the US at 19:30 local time.

What they said

Ben Bubnovich, Director of International Network Planning at Delta, said: “One of the things that we saw during the pandemic and immediately afterwards was people traveling like crazy, and particularly to the Caribbean. People were looking for smaller, boutique premium destinations. This new route is part of Delta’s largest holiday flight schedule on record including more flights to Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, as travellers take to the skies on more international trips after emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. Delta hopes to expand the Curacao service in the future.”

Ruisandro Cijntje, Minister of Economic Development in the Curacao government, added: “The United States is an important market for Curacao, and the direct connection between Atlanta and Curacao provides the opportunity for more tourists to come and experience everything Curacao has to offer, our unique tourism product, and our friendly people. At the same time, Delta’s direct flight provides more travel options for our local population.”

Delta returns to Curacao after 13 years

Delta last maintained flights between Atlanta and Curacao in August 2010 and has been absent from the Caribbean island ever since. Its main US counterparts maintain services to Curacao, including American from Charlotte and Miami, JetBlue from New York JFK and United from New York EWR.

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Delta is the largest airline operating out of Atlanta to Latin America and the Caribbean during W23/24. Delta is flying nearly 500-weekly flights to 44 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, representing a 30% increase in capacity over W2022/23.

Curacao targets more US flights

Curacao, which is part of the Netherlands, is the largest of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands in the Leeward Antilles some 80 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, the ABC islands lie outside Hurricane Alley, making it popular with tourists seeking warm, sunny weather all year round.

The airport currently boasts a total of 31-weekly flights from the US. In addition to Delta’s weekly service, American operates 2-daily rotations from Miami and daily from Charlotte, JetBlue 5-weekly from New York JFK, United weekly from New York EWR, while Surinam Airways recently introduced a 3-weekly seasonal service to Miami.

Curacao Airport is pursuing more US flights in the future, with Boston being its main target. The island will host the second edition of CONNECT New World forum from 5 to 7 June 2024, which is a platform gathering aviation stakeholders to discuss air service development opportunities in an efficient and cost-effective format.

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