Delta announced some exciting new service updates from New York-JFK with a focus on the Caribbean. Highlights include a second daily flight to Nassau, Bahamas; new service to Kingston, Jamaica and weekly service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Domestically, we see several additional frequencies being added from JFK for the summer to hub cities as well as the West Coast.
Delta Air Lines is expanding access between New York-JFK and the Caribbean with a second daily flight to Nassau, The Bahamas, beginning Oct. 1, 2018; new daily service to Kingston, Jamaica, effective Dec. 20, 2018; and new Saturday-only service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, beginning Dec. 22, 2018.
Delta’s new Caribbean service from New York complements a number of recent and upcoming enhancements to the airline’s domestic offerings. From JFK, Delta will launch new daily service to San Jose, Calif., in June, while also growing its Dallas service to three times daily by September and adding an eighth nonstop to Delta’s Atlanta hub, a fifth nonstop to Delta’s Detroit hub and additional increased nonstop frequencies to top business markets including Charlotte, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Nashville, Norfolk, and Washington, D.C. Service to the West Coast has grown this summer to include four daily flights to San Diego and six daily trips to Seattle, with dedicated Delta One service on select flights to those destinations as well as to Las Vegas. Finally, Delta has increased the number of seats with new Airbus A321 aircraft and renovated Airbus A320s, both of which offer seatback entertainment, on a mix of routes, specifically to destinations across Florida.
At LaGuardia, Delta has added new service to Chattanooga, Tenn., and improved service to business markets including Denver; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Greenville, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Madison, Wis., and Omaha. The airline has also expanded its Delta Shuttle service to Chicago-O’Hare with a 15th peak daily flight with larger mainline Boeing 717 aircraft on the route in premium business time channels. Finally, Saturday leisure service from LaGuardia has improved year-over-year with over 20 additional daily Delta departures.
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It’s exciting to see Delta continue to expand their service at New York (JFK) with some new Caribbean options as they continue to complete with JetBlue on these routes. However, we still don’t have any Delta One business class being offered on flights to the Caribbean, a competitive advantage JetBlue has by offering JetBlue Mint on some of their flights down there.
When it comes to Nassau getting a second daily flight, Baha Mar recently opened in the Bahamas, which has over 2,000 rooms between the three properties there, and with New York being a target market for them, it makes sense that Delta is trying to capitalize on this market.
This news comes on the heels of Southwest Airlines to Add More LaGuardia and Washington Reagan (DCA) Flights, which will make it interesting to see how Southwest will use their additional slots at LaGuardia and if we’ll see any Caribbean flying from them here.
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