Delta dreams of summer 2023 with more new routes to Europe
Summer is right behind us, but Delta is already gearing up for summer 2023 with nearly 10 more routes across the pond in the works.
The Atlanta-based airline on Friday unveiled its plans for next summer, taking 2022’s major rebound for transatlantic travel and kicking it up a notch. It includes a mix of resumptions of pre-pandemic routes, new stops in Germany and Switzerland, the relaunch of nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Europe and the addition of even more flights to and from its critical gateway in New York (JFK).
In total, Delta said it would fly 8% more seats over the Atlantic Ocean than last summer.
“Next summer, Delta will offer customers expanded access to popular destinations across the Atlantic, continuing to solidify its position as the number one carrier in New York City,” said Delta’s senior vice president of network planning. Delta, Joe Esposito, in a statement.
All of these new routes are expected to go on sale over the weekend. Here’s a look at the European destinations, new and old, that Delta will fly next year.
LAX is making a comeback
Delta’s transatlantic flights from its West Coast hub in Los Angeles were one of the first casualties of the pandemic. Even though international travel has rebounded this year, these nonstop Delta flights were nowhere to be found.
That will change next year as the airline operates two transatlantic routes from Los Angeles starting in the spring:
- Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) from March 25, 2023
- Los Angeles (LAX) at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) from May 8, 2023
Both flights will be operated daily on Delta’s flashy Airbus A330-900neo, equipped with Delta One Suites at the front of the aircraft, Delta Premium Select seats, Delta Comfort Plus for extra legroom and even a spacious 2-4-2 configuration in economy class. From nose to tail, this is one of the best Delta jets for crossing the Atlantic.
Delta hasn’t flown from Los Angeles to Paris since the start of 2020, when almost all international flights arrived at a strident flight. Air France flies nonstop between Los Angeles and Paris, with up to four departures per day in summer 2023. Delta will add a fifth option for SkyTeam travelers.
But it’s been even longer since Angelenos had a nonstop Delta flight to London – Delta hasn’t operated that flight since 2015. Partner airline Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have been a mainstay on the route, however.
Travelers with Delta Sky Club access heading to Europe are in for a treat: the new Los Angeles Sky Club is truly huge and wonderful, to boot.
New and old routes from New York
Delta quickly made New York City (JFK) the cornerstone of its flights to and from Europe. That’s only going to increase in 2023, with Delta poised to achieve its biggest summer of transatlantic flights from New York yet.
That’s thanks to service at a brand new airport in the UK, a route to Switzerland that hasn’t flown in almost two decades making a return, return service to the German capital and another daily flight from summer to one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
- New York to Geneva (GVA) in Switzerland scheduled to begin daily flights on April 10
- New York to London-Gatwick (LGW) will also begin daily flights on April 10
- New York to Berlin (BER) resumes with daily service on May 25
- New York to Rome (FCO) will get a third daily departure over the summer
Delta is no stranger to London with two daily non-stop services between New York and London-Heathrow (LHR) – and half a dozen more with close partner airline Virgin Atlantic. But Gatwick, located 90 minutes south of the city, is a new addition for Delta departing from New York. British Airways and JetBlue already serve the same route to Gatwick.
Geneva, meanwhile, is a blast from the past. While nonstop flights to Zurich (ZRH) have been around for ages, Delta hasn’t flown to Switzerland’s second-largest city since 1993.
Unfortunately, most of these new additions departing from New York are expected to fly on a Boeing 767-300, some of the oldest (and most outdated) jets in Delta’s fleet. The exception is the route to Geneva, which will fly a refurbished Delta 767-400.
It won’t be open in time for next summer, but Delta has something new in store for business class passengers in 2024: a Delta One Business Class Lounge at JFK. After years of rumors, Delta confirmed it was building exclusive business class lounges in New York and Los Angeles earlier this year as part of a larger wish list for new Delta Sky Club construction.
More Atlanta additions, too
Don’t think Delta forgot its biggest hub airport.
Yes, of course, Delta is adding more transatlantic flights to and from its megahub in Atlanta (ATL). Including:
- Atlanta to Stuttgart (STR) in Germany, with three flights per week from March 26
- Atlanta to Dusseldorf (DUS) in Germanywith three flights per week from May 9
- Atlanta to Edinburgh (EDI) Scotlanda summer seasonal route with five weekly flights from May 25
All three routes are resuming operations after a long hiatus: Georgia-Germany flights were halted during the pandemic, while Delta has not flown nonstop from Atlanta to Edinburgh since 2007. New York to Edinburgh, however, did integral part of the Delta schedule.
All three routes are also currently scheduled to be operated by Delta’s obsolete Boeing 767-300s.
Delta is upping the ante on its flights to Europe for 2023.
Many of these routes are making long-awaited returns after being scrapped when the pandemic first hit, while others haven’t flown in a decade or two, if ever. But overall, it’s clear: transatlantic travel in 2023 will be even more important than last summer.