Delta is continuing its rapid expansion into Mexico and the Caribbean this December with the addition of two new routes to Mexico City as well as its first flights to the French island of Guadeloupe. Effective Dec. 1, Delta will add new nonstop service between Mexico City and Orlando and Salt Lake City, and on Dec. 13 will add flights between its largest hub in Atlanta and Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. All new routes are subject to foreign government approvals.
“Delta is a customer favorite for travel between the United States and destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean thanks to the expanding scope of our network and the number of unique and exciting destinations we serve,” said Glen Hauenstein - Delta’s executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Delta remains the fastest growing U.S. carrier to Mexico and the Caribbean and in December will become the only U.S. carrier to serve the beautiful French island of Guadeloupe nonstop from the U.S. mainland.”
Delta customers traveling to Guadeloupe will enjoy traditional Caribbean warmth with a French twist. Guadeloupe is one of the world’s best yachting destinations and is known for its favorable winds, pristine beaches, casinos, nightlife and decidedly French culture. As citizens of France, the 450,000 residents of Guadeloupe speak French, do business with the Euro and are closely connected to the European Union.
In Mexico City, Delta will strengthen its already extensive schedule of flights to and from the world’s largest city. With new routes from its Western hub in Salt Lake City and the world’s vacation capital of Orlando, Delta will offer 41 weekly flights between Mexico’s economic, cultural and governmental center of Mexico City and four major gateways in the United States, with convenient connecting service beyond to hundreds of worldwide destinations.
During 2006, Delta has become the fastest growing U.S. airline to Mexico with more than a dozen new routes added. By March 2007, Delta plans to offer customers service to nearly 20 Mexican destinations from the United States - nearly three times as many offered in 2004. Most recently, Delta announced that it would expand its presence to Mexico from Los Angeles to meet soaring demand in one of the country’s largest Hispanic travel markets. This expansion begins in December and includes new nonstop flights to nine Mexican destinations with corresponding connecting service to five U.S. destinations where many Hispanic customers prefer to travel.