Delta has announced plans to increase its flights between the US and London from October, following the UK government’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from the US.

The carrier will resume thrice weekly flights between Seattle and Heathrow from October 7, followed by four times weekly flights from Detroit to the London hub from October 11.

In addition Delta’s existing daily service between New York JFK and Heathrow will increase to twice daily from October 6.

In total the airline will offer close to 30 weekly flights to the UK this autumn, with Delta also offering daily flights from Atlanta.

The carrier said that the US-UK corridor was “critical to international travel and commerce with 22 million people and 900,000 tons of cargo flown between the two countries in 2019”.

Delta recently resumed operations at Heathrow T3 alongside its partner Virgin Atlantic, and eligible customers can access Virgin’s Clubhouse when departing Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta return to Terminal 3

Note that while fully vaccinated US residents can now travel to the UK without quarantine, US borders remain largely closed to arrivals from the UK, with the White House recently stating that it does not intend to lift Covid-19 restrictions for non-Americans.

Commenting on the news Joe Esposito, SVP network planning, said:

“This long-awaited reopening marks a major milestone since the borders closed to most travellers, more than a year ago. We’re excited to help customers reclaim their joy of travel, always keeping their health and safety our top priority amid the dynamic environment of global travel.”

British Airways recently outlined plans to ramp up its services between the US and London Heathrow this month, including additional services from New York JFK and Seattle.

British Airways increases US-Heathrow frequencies