Delta drops Heathrow-Miami route

24 Feb 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Delta's Heathrow-Miami route will cease on April 16 due to “high jet fuel prices and fluctuations in passenger demand”, and is part of a shake-up which will see the carrier’s remaining Gatwick-Atlanta flights switched to Heathrow.

Delta commenced flights between Heathrow and Miami in March last year (see online news November 16, 2010), as a result of slots freed up by the transatlantic joint venture agreement between BA and American Airlines.

But the route will now cease in mid-April, to be replaced by an additional Heathrow-Atlanta frequency on April 17. This route has in turn resulted in the dropping of Delta’s service between Gatwick and Atlanta, the carrier’s last route from the south London airport (see online news February 23).

The additional Heathrow-Atlanta service comes ahead of a new international terminal (concourse F) at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International airport, scheduled to open in May.

British Airways and American Airlines both serve the Heathrow-Miami route (with Iberia codesharing), as does Virgin Atlantic (with Continental [soon to be United Airlines] codesharing).

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Report by Mark Caswell

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