Additional bellyhold routes to be started by Delta

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines will boost its trans-Atlantic route portfolio with two new bellyhold routes into Europe from its US Midwest hubs next summer.

The airline will operate daily flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome, as well as six weekly flights from Detroit to Munich beginning 26 May, 2016.

The service will be operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia.

In all, Delta will offer five new routes across the Atlantic beginning next summer. They are Detroit to Munich; Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome; New York to Edinburgh; Salt Lake City to Heathrow; and Raleigh-Durham to Paris.

Delta’s senior vice president for the trans-Atlantic, Dwight James, says: “Our five new routes will complement our returning seasonal service for a full summer of trans-Atlantic flying in 2016.

“Detroit to Munich is important for our corporate customers, while Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome is a strong addition to our existing hub service from Rome.”

Detroit-Munich will be Delta’s second daily flight between the US and Munich as well as the second daily flight between the ‘Motor City’ and Germany. Delta serves four destinations in Germany – Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.

The flight will be operated using Boeing 767-400ER aircraft and will offer one-stop connecting service to Munich.