Delta Air Lines has drastically reduced their flying schedule due to the COVD-19 pandemic, however the question is the airline too slow in adding back flights? Keep in mind Delta’s current revised flight schedule is accurate through July 31, 2020, so anything further out has yet to be adjusted.
Delta shared they’re capping seating at 50 percent in First Class and 60 percent in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort +, and Delta Premium Select to reduce the overall number of customers in every cabin across the fleet.
However, after several reports and doing our own research it appears that many routes on multiple days are completely sold out based on these seating restrictions for next month already.
We decided to do our own search and the results speak for themselves on the number of routes that are already full.
Here’s a small sampling of some routes that are full, however there’s dozens more:
Los Angeles (LAX) – New York (JFK) May 31, 2020:
Phoenix (PHX) – Atlanta (ATL) May 31, 2020:
Atlanta (ATL) – Las Vegas (LAS) June 4, 2020:
New York (LGA) – Atlanta (ATL) June 4, 2020:
Atlanta (ATL) – Orlando (MCO) June 12, 2020:
Los Angeles (LAX) – Honolulu (HNL) June 26, 2020:
It’s great that Delta is limiting seating capacity to allow for social distancing in every cabin across the flee. Delta has said they’d be adding more flights once the flights are booked to the respective 50%/60% mark, however that does not appear to be true.
It does not appear that additional flights are being added in June or July once the current revised schedule has been published. Instead, the airline will likely add more flights for future months, meaning we’ll need to wait for August to see additional flights based on this demand.
Other airlines haven’t been as aggressive with the cuts to summer flying. For context, American Airlines is planning to fly its New York (JFK)- Los Angeles route 10x a day in July, whereas Delta is flying only 3x-4x a day. Additionally, TSA checkpoint travel numbers are steadily increasing each day.
Current cabin capacity limits are in place until the end of June, however it’s yet to be announced if Delta will continue with such restrictions. It was rumored, they’d be continued in the Comfort Plus cabin, however should Delta extend the current restrictions, it will be in its best interest to add more frequencies.
Have you noticed any Delta flights you’re trying to book sold out? Feel free to share any specific routes/dates in the comments below.