Delta Air Lines is relaunching its flights from Atlanta to Tel Aviv in March 2023 and will have 13 monthly flights on the route during its summer schedule.

Atlanta to Tel Aviv

During a meeting with the press, Delta Air Lines Vice President Nicolas Ferri shared the details of Delta’s route between Tel Aviv and Atlanta. Beginning in March 2023, the airline will offer 3,700 seats per month on its 13 flights. The announcement demonstrates the high demand that Delta anticipates for the route, which Delta has not served since 2011. Ferri said that he believes the route will be popular because passengers will be able to connect to anywhere from Atlanta.

Delta’s decision to use Atlanta as a hub for connecting flights from Israel was based on connectivity. Delta has a hub-and-spoke system, meaning it’s larger hubs have a stronger Delta presence and are easy connecting points to destinations less frequented.

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Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta will launch its Tel Aviv flights in March and will only have three flights that month. In April and May Delta will increase to 13 flights. The airline will use its Airbus A350 widebody aircraft on flights to Israel.

Check out Delta’s flight here!

Thanksgiving Preparations

Though Delta is already preparing for next year, it has not forgotten a major American holiday that is coming up, Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving weekend, Delta expects to carry more than 5 million passengers. Ed Bastian said that the airline is prepared for the travel surge,

“Delta is known for its high quality of service and the very best people in the industry, and we’re ready. We’ve been, in fact, back since pretty much the second week of July running a high quality of reliability and service excellence that our customers expect. And that’s going to continue.”

The airline has hired more than 25,000 staff members since January 2021 and believes that the increase in staff will be a solution to meet the increased demand.

Could a pilot strike interfere with Thanksgiving travel?

Delta Pilots have been negotiating a new contract with Delta for a few years and have not received an increase in pay since 2016. Recently, the Air Line Pilots Association, a union that represents United pilots, held a vote regarding a potential strike. The pilots voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike in case an agreement is not reached soon.

Delta aircraft departing from Las Vegas Airport

Photo: Las Vegas International Airport

Even with the vote, CEO Ed Bastian said that there is no chance that Delta’s pilots will strike in the near future.

“There is no possibility they could strike at Thanksgiving, Christmas or any time. It’s a tactic that all the unions, in fact I should say all the airline unions, pilot unions, have deployed. But the reality is that we have the very best pilots, they already are the very best compensated, we’re going to make sure they stay the best compensated, so there won’t be any issue.”

If a strike happens during or near holiday travel, the consequences could be catastrophic for many. Strikes are always extremely difficult for airlines and passengers, but one around Thanksgiving or Christmas could affect many family plans as many Americans travel during the two holidays.

  • Delta A350

    Delta Air Lines

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    DL/DAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1929

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Ed Bastian

    Country:
    United States

Source: simpleflying.com

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