Delta unveils its largest-ever Caribbean winter schedule


Delta Air Lines just unveiled a big schedule expansion that’s focused on boosting your Vitamin D levels this winter.

The Atlanta-based carrier announced on Friday a significant increase in flights to the Caribbean this winter season, headlined by the addition of multiple frequencies from many of its major domestic hubs.

In total, the growth translates to a 30% increase in available seats to the Latin America region compared to last winter, Delta says. This represents an additional 35,000 seats available during the winter, and it’ll make the 2023-to-2024 winter season Delta’s busiest yet in the region.

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Moreover, the airline is also boosting service from Seattle to Cancun with the addition of an extra round-trip frequency that will depart from the airline’s Pacific Northwest hub on Friday and return on Saturdays onboard a Boeing 737-800. This additional flight will commence on Dec. 22 — just in time for the busy holiday season.

All of Delta’s newly announced flights will be loaded into the airline’s schedules this weekend, and they will all be bookable by Sunday, Aug. 6. You’ll find the full list of additions at the bottom of this story.

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These additions join Delta’s recently announced new service to Curaçao, as well as a return to Cartagena, Colombia.

Interestingly, in recent weeks, short-haul international flights haven’t been performing as well as many airlines would’ve hoped. Executives from Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit all shared similar sentiments during their second-quarter earnings calls, expressing dissatisfaction about the sagging demand for travel to domestic and close international destinations.

These executives repeatedly cited pent-up demand to Europe as a key reason why these shorter flights aren’t operating at capacity, as one might’ve originally expected when the summer schedules were initially filed.

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That said, travel patterns are generally cyclical, and as the mercury starts dropping, more travelers start looking to chase the sun.

Airlines know this, and it’s a key reason why they boost flights to Florida, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America during the winter season.

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In fact, just this week, United Airlines made headlines for filing its busiest-ever winter schedule to Cancun. The Chicago-based carrier will fly three daily Boeing 777 wide-body flights from the U.S. to Cancun, each of which seats a whopping 364 customers.

While Delta’s latest move may not necessarily be a direct response to United’s expansion, it does seem to confirm that airlines are bullish on winter-weary travelers seeking out warmer pastures.

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More flights are also great for customers. Not only does this mean that there will be additional departure times, but increased service generally means more capacity and more competition, which should hopefully lead to lower fares.

Delta’s new Caribbean flights

Delta will add service on Saturdays between the following cities beginning on Jan. 13, 2024.

From Atlanta:

  • Three times to St. Thomas.
  • Twice to St. Martin.
  • Twice to Guatemala.
  • Three times to San José.
  • Three times to Liberia.
  • Six times to San Juan.

From New York:

From Detroit:

  • Twice to Punta Cana.
  • Twice to Montego Bay.
  • Twice to San Juan.

From Minneapolis:

  • Twice to Punta Cana.
  • Twice to Montego Bay.
  • Twice to San Juan.
  • Added Liberia service (currently four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

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