Delta to end a decade of service to Haiti

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Delta to end a decade of service to Haiti

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Delta to end a decade of service to Haiti
Edward Russell
18 November, 2019

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Delta Air Lines will end a decade of service to Haiti citing weak demand.

The SkyTeam Alliance carrier will operate its last flight between Atlanta (ATL) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) on Jan. 9, Delta confirmed and Cirium schedules show. The last flights will be operated with a Boeing 737-700.

Delta spokeswoman Susannah Thurston said the move is in response to a “soft demand environment.”

The airline has served Port-au-Prince since 2009 when it began flights between the Haitian capital and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), according to Cirium. Flights between Atlanta and Port-au-Prince began in 2012.

Delta last offered seasonal service between JFK and Port-au-Prince last winter, with those flights ending in April.

Four airlines — Air France, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines — will serve Haiti from the U.S. after Delta’s exit. American serves Port-au-Prince from Miami (MIA); JetBlue from Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), JFK and Orlando (MCO); and Spirit from Fort Lauderdale.

Air France offers a unique “fifth-freedom” flight — a route between two countries where an airline is not based — between Miami and Port-au-Prince.

Delta plans to grow system capacity by 3-4% year-over-year in 2020, executives said in October. Highlights of the growth will be the beginnings of its new strategic partnership with LATAM Airlines, as well as new markets like Mumbai (BOM) that launch in December.

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Delta to suspend Port-au-Prince to Atlanta route, the airline's last flight to Haiti
Nov 21, 2019

Delta is cutting its last route to Haiti.

Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) told Atlanta Business Chronicle it will suspend direct service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Port-au-Prince, with the last flight out of the Haitian capital on Jan. 9. Spokesperson Elizabeth Wolf cited a "soft demand environment" for the change.

"Even as Delta strengthens its overall presence throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the airline must respond to market conditions to maintain its long-term viability," Wolf said in an email. "... Delta teams will be working to re-accommodate or offer refunds to any customers booked for travel after that date. We are deeply grateful to those who have supported the service over the last decade."

The Atlanta-based carrier started service to Port-au-Prince in 2009, with flights from New York's John F. Kennedy airport. Seasonal route offerings from New York ended earlier this year. Flights between Atlanta and Port-au-Prince began in 2012.

Multiple other airlines serve Port-au-Prince: Air France (via Miami), American Airlines (via Miami), JetBlue (via Boston, Fort Lauderdale, JFK and Orlando), and Spirit Airlines (via Fort Lauderdale), according to The Points Guy blog.

Delta, which recently announced upgrades to its international main cabin, presented plans earlier this year to grow capacity on flights outside the U.S. by 3%. In anticipation of increased holiday travel to Puerto Rico this year, Delta upsized two of its aircrafts on the Atlanta-San Juan route, through De. 18.

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