US airline Delta is becoming a convert of rail-air on this side of the Atlantic.
As we have previously reported, more and more airlines have jumped on the rail-air bandwagon in this environmentally conscious age.
Delta has launched what it brands as Air + Rail on the HS (high-speed) route Brussels-Antwerp-Amsterdam Schiphol in conjunction with train operator Thalys.
At Schiphol passengers will connect with Delta’s US-bound flights, but will have to accompany their luggage whilst using Thalys. And of course this facility is offered to travellers on the other side of the Atlantic.
Although a modest start more such links will follow.
Alain Bellemare, Delta’s international president, said:
“This Air + Rail program with Thalys is just the beginning as we look to offer our customers complete peace of mind with fast trains and convenient train services to a number of destinations throughout mainland Europe.”
Air + Rail can be booked through Delta’s website when arranging the (airline) ticket.
Delta is a Skyteam member along with Air France KLM. Air France adopted rail-air many years ago, while KLM remains lukewarm for one reason or another.
The latter, besides using Thalys, operates several daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam (much to the irritation of politicians and the green lobby) – a distance by air of little more than 100 miles.