Delta announced a major expansion at JFK, including 14 new international routes. This is great news, as a number of these routes are thinly serviced or not serviced at all nonstop (new flights include service to Tel Aviv, Edinburgh, Dakar, Nairobi, Lagos, Cairo, Amman, Malaga, Cape Town, Panama City (Panama), Guatemala City, Port of Spain, San Jose (Costa Rica), and Liberia (Costa Rica). As I’ve mentioned here, about 2 years ago, no US airline served any cities in Africa – with this announcement Delta now serves 6 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Well done.
Even better, Delta is actually trying to make operations at JFK more bearable. They’re eliminating all turboprop flights to ease the number of takeoffs and landings. Now about 2/3 of flights will be served by larger 2-class airplanes (up from about 40% last year). And they’re pushing some of their shorter trans-Atlantic flights to after 7pm to ease the crazy amount of Europe-bound traffic that leaves between 5 and 7.
Bravo to Delta for actually making changes that will positively impact your flying experience.