Delta Implements Beverage Fee

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) plans to implement a fee for alcoholic beverages served in the economy cabin on international flights.

Beginning Oct. 15, Delta will charge $4 USD for alcohol, including beer, wine and spirits on its international flights between the United States and Europe, India, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. On March 1, 2003, the carrier will phase in the charge on its remaining Mexican, Central and South American flights.

“The unprecedented financial pressures facing the airline industry has made it necessary to make many changes which will allow Delta to better manage its costs during this difficult period,” said Tim Mapes, director, Product and Services for Delta. “We will focus on providing the services that our customers value most including safety, security and reliability.”

“Our customers tell us they want more services to expedite their travel experience. Delta continues to invest in time-savings initiatives such as self-service kiosks, Online Check-In via and other tools to move our customers more quickly through the airport,” he said.

Delta will continue to align its product and service offerings to customers with the current economic environment.