Delta has announced a raft of new and resumed transatlantic routes for summer 2023, including the launch of flights from New York JFK to London Gatwick and Geneva.
The US carrier will add a seasonal daily service between Gatwick and JFK from April 10, 2023, a route it has not operated since 2008. It will be the airline’s first flights to Gatwick since 2012, when it switched its Atlanta-Gatwick service to Heathrow.
In 2019 Delta and its transatlantic joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic had announced plans for expansion at Gatwick airport – Virgin had been set to launch a daily service between Gatwick and JFK in May 2020, followed shortly after by a new Delta-operated Gatwick-Boston route. Both these services were set aside due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Delta will join an increasingly crowded field on the Gatwick-JFK route, including British Airways, Jetblue (which launched its flights in September 2021), and new entrant Norse Atlantic Airways, which commenced flights from Gatwick in August.
Meanwhile Delta will also launch flights from New York JFK to Geneva on April 10, 2023 – the first time it has flown the route since 1993. It will also resume service between JFK and Berlin on May 25 next year, as well as adding a third daily seasonal flight to Rome Fiumicino from the same date.
From Atlanta the carrier will operate flights to Edinburgh for the first time since 2007, with a five-times-weekly service launching on May 25, 2023, while from Los Angeles Delta will offer flights to Heathrow for the first time since 2015 (starting March 25, 2023), as well as resuming its service to Paris on May 8.
The airline said that its summer 2023 transatlantic schedules would offer 8 per cent more seats than in 2022.
Commenting on the news Delta’s senior vice president of network planning Joe Esposito, said:
“Next summer, Delta will give customers expanded access to popular destinations across the transatlantic, continuing to solidify its position as the number-one carrier in New York.
“With nearly 620 weekly flights and connectivity to 32 destinations in Europe and beyond, customers will have a wealth of iconic destinations to explore and an unmatched journey to enjoy across the pond.”