Delta Air Lines builds North America connectivity with new route
Edinburgh Airport's transatlantic connectivity will grow further next year as Delta Air Lines announces a new route between the capital and the US city of Atlanta. The service will operate five times a week from 25 May to 4 September, connecting Scotland to the state of Georgia for summer 2023.
Atlanta serves as one of Delta's main hub airports in the US, opening a wealth of destinations to Scottish travellers and businesses such as:
- New Orleans
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
- Daytona Beach
- Mexico City
- Panama City
Delta has also confirmed it will expand the frequency of its New York JFK service as well as its seasonal Edinburgh to Boston route to a daily service, operating 8 May to 28 October. This is an increase on the current five times a week service.
It builds Edinburgh Airport's strong North America connectivity, being the only Scottish airport with scheduled routes to the US.
This is a route we have worked towards for a number of years and it is incredibly pleasing to see that hard work come to fruition with this announcement.
It’s fantastic to see another direct route from the capital to the US and this also opens up Scotland to Atlanta and the hub network it operates, expanding the internal and external reach that our country has and deserves.
Delta’s decision to expand its overall offering from Edinburgh Airport shows great confidence in the Edinburgh market and its ability to provide for airline and passenger. We’re proud to see partners work with us to offer greater choice to Scotland.
This brand-new seasonal route, through one of Delta’s biggest hubs, marks a significant milestone in efforts to increase connectivity and support the long term recovery of Scotland’s valuable tourism and events industry.
It is vital we continue to make it as easy as possible for international visitors to come to Scotland. We know the demand is there and we’ve already seen a strong appetite from the American market, keen to take advantage of the good exchange rate and explore all our country has to offer.
As part of a Team Scotland effort, VisitScotland is committed to playing a major role in helping re-establish former routes as well as identify new opportunities.
Our work in growing Scotland’s air route network is not only important for growing inbound tourism, but also supports growth across all sectors of the economy, helping create jobs and sustain communities.
This summer saw extremely high demand for travel to the U.S.. Edinburgh is an important market for Delta and connecting the capital with Atlanta, our leading U.S. hub will offer business and leisure travellers many important new travel options and convenient connections to destinations throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.
This is a welcome vote of confidence from Delta in the Scottish market and great news for Edinburgh Airport. This new Atlanta route is in addition to Delta’s successful direct routes to New York and Boston, and provides new connectivity for Scotland’s tourist industry and wider business sector.
I congratulate Edinburgh Airport and Delta on this announcement and wish them every success with the service.