Delta Adds Rhythm of Kingston, Jamaica – Birthplace of Reggae Music – to Growing List of Caribbean Capitals Served NonStop from Atlanta
Jamaican capital to become Delta’s 17th Caribbean destination; service strengthens Atlanta’s position as fastest-growing gateway to the Caribbean
ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2006 – Continuing to expand its reach into the major capital cities of the Caribbean and Latin America, Delta Air Lines will offer customers new daily non-stop flights between the world’s largest airline hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Jamaica’s cultural and civic capital of Kingston, effective June 1. The new service, subject to Jamaican government approvals, will expand to 17 the number of Caribbean destinations offered to Delta customers and complement Delta’s existing service to Montego Bay, offered year-round from Atlanta and Cincinnati.
“Delta is pleased to continue to expand our customers’ options for non-stop travel to their favorite business and leisure destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America as part of the largest international expansion in our history,” said James Sarvis, Delta’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Our customers will find our new non-stop flights between Kingston and Atlanta a convenient choice for connecting from any part of the world to the culture, commerce and history of Jamaica’s largest city and the birthplace of reggae music.”
The addition of non-stop service to Kingston further strengthens the Atlanta hub’s status as the fastest-growing gateway to Caribbean, now serving 17 cities and 11 Caribbean capitals.
As the heart of Jamaican government, business and culture, Kingston boasts numerous attractions of civic pride, including the Bob Marley Museum and Jamaica’s National Art Gallery. Kingston is home to the largest English-speaking population south of Miami and is situated near the world’s seventh-largest natural harbor.
Delta and Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines will operate the new service to Kingston year-round using a mix of Boeing 737-800 and Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, based on seasonal demand.
Delta’s daily service between Atlanta and Kingston, Jamaica effective June 1, 2006*
Flight | Departs | Arrives
281 | Atlanta at 11:35 a.m. | Kingston at 1:35 p.m.
332 | Kingston at 2:25 p.m. | Atlanta at 6:30 p.m.
*Service subject to foreign government approvals.
Within the last 90 days, Delta has completed one of the largest expansions to Latin America and the Caribbean in its history, starting seven new routes between November and December 2005 alone. New non-stop destinations from the airline’s largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport include Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Barbados; Managua, Nicaragua; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Antigua.
With extensive ongoing growth to Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers currently offer customers an average of 57 daily flights to 39 destinations in 24 countries in the region. Delta continues to significantly expand its presence across the region, with more than 35 new routes announced, added or applied to serve during the last year. From its hub at Atlanta, Delta this year will operate the second-largest gateway to the Caribbean in the southeastern United States. Additionally, in 2006 Delta will see the largest growth in its history into new markets in Mexico, with service on 17 new routes planned this year. In the first quarter of 2006, Delta and its codeshare partners will offer service between the United States and more than 170 markets in Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. For special travel deals to many of these destinations and easy online information and booking, customers should go to delta.com.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried, offering daily flights to 503 destinations in 94 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more destinations and departures between the U.S., Europe, India and Israel than any global airline, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with more than 35 routes announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005. Delta’s marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines or codeshare partner Air Jamaica.
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