Delta Air Lines will continue its rapid expansion into the Caribbean this December with the addition of its first flights to the French island of Martinique. Effective Dec. 16, Delta will add flights between its largest hub in Atlanta and Fort de France, Martinique in the French West Indies. Martinique is the second destination that Delta will serve in this region having recently announced twice weekly service to the French island of Guadeloupe, effective Dec.13. Both routes are subject to foreign government approval.
“With the addition of service to the beautiful island of Martinique, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to serve two destinations in the French West Indies non-stop from the U.S. mainland,” said Glen Hauenstein—Delta’s executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Our customers now have an even greater choice of unique and exciting destinations, as Delta expands the scope of our network throughout the Caribbean, offering our customers the opportunity to broaden their horizons and explore Martinique and Guadeloupe.
“We extend our appreciation to the Regional Council of Martinique and the Martinique Tourism Committee for their continued enthusiasm for Delta’s entrance into Martinique and for the vital support and assistance they have provided to make this new route possible,” Hauenstein continued.
Delta customers traveling to the United States and Canada from Martinique will benefit from 97 daily one-stop connections to destinations throughout the region, including key business and leisure destinations such as New York, Chicago, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Tampa and Orlando. The service will be operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 first class and 134 economy class seats.
To make travel to Martinique this winter even more enticing, Delta is offering customers special fares as low as $259 one way, based on a round-trip purchase, for travel between Dec. 16, 2006 and March 31, 2007. Customers should act fast, however, as tickets must be purchased by Oct. 5. Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from a travel agent.
Delta’s expanded nonstop service to the Caribbean is part of a series of more than 50 new routes to Latin America and the Caribbean added or announced by Delta in the last year as part of the largest international expansion in the airline’s history. With its March 2007 schedule, Delta plans to offer customers 246 weekly flights to 19 Mexican destinations and 282 weekly flights to 24 Caribbean destinations. This growth represents a 70 percent increase in Delta’s weekly flights to Mexico and the Caribbean combined since fall 2004.