Delta Air Lines plans to resume a connection from Frankfurt to the USA on May 23, 2020. The airline will fly to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport three times a week, with departures on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Delta’s flights will be temporarily handled in Terminal 1 due to the consolidation of operations at Frankfurt Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DL15 starts on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11:40 a.m. in Frankfurt and arrives in Atlanta on the same day at 3:40 p.m. DL14 takes off on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:55 p.m. at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and lands back in Frankfurt at 8:55 a.m. the following day.
The resumption was driven by a surge in freight demand between Germany and the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. The flight is carried out with an Airbus A330-300 with a cargo capacity of 31 tons. Delta also transports goods between Frankfurt and Los Angeles via the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, thus optimizing the transport options for freight customers.
“Serving global supply chains is more important than ever, and this new connection will enable suppliers to meet the needs of their customers,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo. “We receive daily inquiries about the transport of medical supplies and goods that keep business operations going in various industries. By opening these connections to passengers as well, we can enable important journeys between Germany and the United States ”.
Delta Air Lines has also implemented a number of security measures. This includes:
– Disinfect the surfaces in the aircraft before each flight
– Use of modern air circulation systems with HEPA filters that filter more than 99.99 percent of all particles in the air, including viruses and bacteria
– Limiting the capacity of the aircraft to ensure a safe distance between passengers on board
– Adjusting the boarding process to create more space for safe travel. Passengers are now boarding the aircraft from the back to the front – so fewer guests have to walk past each other
– Supplying customers with hygiene items including hand sanitiser in the amenity kits, if available
– Obligation for employees and passengers to wear a mask or other suitable face cover during the journey
“The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority,” commented Roberto Ioriatti, Vice President – Transatlantic. “The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we fly, so our focus on cleanliness will remain in the future. We hope that our passengers will be even more reassured when they get back on board in the future and fly with us. “