It was all over the travel and airline news. Delta Airlines announced it’s expanding its operation to the Caribbean. According to Delta, demand for winter travel to the Caribbean is picking up enough to justify additional flights to Jamaica, Bonaire, Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands among others.
One of the biggest expansions is taking place to Aruba however. Starting this winter Delta Airlines is planning to add a seasonal daily flight to Aruba from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Delta allocated an efficient Boeing 737-800 aircraft with winglets (extension at the end of the wings, see above photograph) for this flight. This will add an extra 1000 seats weekly to Aruba. The aircraft is going to stay overnight in Aruba for the return flight next morning.
Local tourism and airport authorities are naturally happy with this announcement by Delta. This translates in additional revenue for the airport as airlines pay fees to let an aircraft ‘sleep’ overnight. This news also concurs with news coming from the local hospitality sector which is reporting strong numbers in terms of reservations for this coming winter. Keep in mind that this flight is seasonal, which means by sometime in March of next year most probably this flight will be discontinued. Delta then resumes its normal daily schedule with one flight from Atlanta.