Delta Air Lines has expanded its Air + Rail programme, which enables passengers to book flights and train ticket under a single booking.

The programme was first launched in August 2021 for travel between Amsterdam and the Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp in conjunction with train operator Thalys.

Delta embraces rail-air within mainland Europe

This has now expanded to include connections from Brussels, Manchester (for flights operated by Virgin Atlantic), Rome Fiumicino and Zurich airports to more than 20 destinations. Customers can use one Delta ticket booking for journeys from:

  • Brussels airport to Breda and Rotterdam in the Netherlands with operator SCNB
  • Manchester airport to seven UK cities with operator Transpennine Express.
  • Rome airport to four Italian cities, including Bologna and Florence, with operator Trenitalia
  • Zurich airport to seven cities in Switzerland, including Bern and Lausanne, with operator SBB

Delta will also add services from Geneva airport next summer to coincide with the launch of the airline’s nonstop flights from New York JFK in April 2023.

The airline says it is working with “rail operators in each country to provide onward train journeys via stations located at the airports”.

Air + Rail can be booked through Delta’s website when arranging the airline ticket, and those flying in Delta One will benefit from first class tickets as standard.

Tickets can either be printed in advance or collected from the station ticket office.

Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President – International, commented:

“Building more Air+Rail connections into our schedule provides a greater choice of destinations for our customers, including a number of these cities not currently served by Delta or our European partners, such as Bern, Rotterdam and York.

“Expanding our footprint in Europe also makes it more convenient for customers to get to popular city centre locations whether traveling for business or pleasure to make the most of their time away.”