Delta says Miami-Havana flights perform well, Atlanta, others struggle


Delta Air Lines’ flights to Havana, Cuba from Atlanta have been about half full during slow periods of the year.

The airline’s Havana flights from New York have done worse, operating less than 44 percent full in September and October.

But Delta’s planes on its Miami-Havana route have remained more than 70 percent full even during slower periods, since the carrier launched service to Cuba about a year ago.

That’s why Atlanta-based Delta wants to significantly reduce its New York-Havana flying, while increasing its flights from Miami to Havana, according to filings with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Delta has not announced any changes to its Atlanta-Havana route.

Other airlines have struggled to fill their flights to Cuba, and have cut back on flights. The Trump administration has tightened restrictions on travel to Cuba, rolling back some changes made under the Obama administration.

Delta said earlier this month that regulatory changes have lowered demand for travel to Cuba from areas outside of South Florida, and it plans to switch from daily to weekly flights from New York to Havana starting Feb. 1, 2018.

In a Dec. 22 filing, Delta reiterated that adding a second daily flight from Miami to Havana would add service from the largest local source of demand for U.S.-Cuba traffic and said it would “also build on the significant amount of investments made by Delta in its [Havana] operations and service from South Florida.”

Because Delta said it would reduce its New York-Havana flights and those slots will be available, the DOT is allowing other airlines to apply to add service to Cuba.


MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

AJC business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi keeps you updated on the latest news about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines and the airline industry in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to myAJC.com.




Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Delta ending discount for NRA members
Delta ending discount for NRA members

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members. Atlanta-based Delta said it is ending its contract for discounted rates through the airline’s group travel program. “We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement...
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in
Should you talk about your pay? Career experts weigh in

Even with nearly every cultural taboo thrown to the wind− from discussing sexual orientation to politics; one last conversational taboo still exist among Americans − how much we get paid. "These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages," noted one blogger from PayScale...
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash
BB&T recovering after 'technical issue' left customers without access to accounts, cash

Millions of BB&T customers were locked out of their accounts Thursday night and Friday morning due to an outage that bank officials said was caused by a "technical issue." The interruption of services was first reported Thursday night and appeared to last until just before noon Friday. “At this time, many of our services...
Krog Street Market developer plans redo of aging Atlanta hotel
Krog Street Market developer plans redo of aging Atlanta hotel

The developer of Atlanta’s Krog Street Market plans to convert an aging extended stay hotel in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood of the city into an eclectic boutique hotel. Atlanta-based Paces Properties said it has signed a deal with Texas hotelier Liz Lambert and her Austin-based hospitality company Bunkhouse to retrofit the...
UPS to add new electric delivery trucks to fleet
UPS to add new electric delivery trucks to fleet

UPS plans to deploy 50 electric delivery trucks as part of its fleet of brown vehicles, a move it expects could give a boost to adoption of electric vehicles across the industry. Sandy Springs-based UPS in its Thursday announcement said the trucks – which it is partnering with electric vehicle manufacturer Workhorse Group Inc....
More Stories