MIAMI- Delta Air Lines (DL) is introducing a new route from Miami (MIA) to Nassau (NAS) in the Bahamas, covering a relatively short distance of 184 miles. This addition may appear to deviate from the airline’s conventional hub-and-spoke approach.
The upcoming daily service is scheduled to commence on November 5 and will continue year-round, utilizing a Boeing 737 aircraft.
Delta Miami to Nassau Flights
On a different note, Delta has decided to cancel its planned route connecting Boston to Mexico City, a route that was initially announced in May.
Originally slated to launch on December 21 of this year, the airline has now removed this route entirely from its schedule due to “commercial and operational considerations,” as mentioned in a statement provided by Delta.
Simultaneously, in another development pertaining to Caribbean operations, Delta will extend its service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Nassau to operate throughout the year, reports TPG.
Additionally, the airline will introduce an extra daily frequency on Saturdays, starting from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Aruba, beginning January 8.
As previously mentioned, Miami does not serve as a hub for Delta. But it is gradually transforming into a significant gateway city for the airline.
Key Partnership with LATAM
In a surprising move back in September 2019, Delta caused a stir in the aviation industry by revealing its acquisition of a 20% stake in LATAM, effectively leading LATAM to exit the Oneworld alliance.
Through this investment, Delta has been actively forging a strategic partnership with LATAM, particularly focusing on enhancing flight connections in major U.S. gateway airports to destinations in Latin America.
This collaboration enables both carriers to share revenue on flights operating between the United States, Canada, and South America.
Additionally, the partnership has been granted antitrust immunity, allowing Delta and LATAM to coordinate flight schedules and fares within these markets.
As part of their cooperative efforts, Delta is aiming to transform Miami into a pivotal “gateway hub,” streamlining connections via Miami to various cities across Latin America.
In light of this initiative, both airlines have recently introduced new services in Miami, including recently launched or expanded routes to Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C.
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