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Delta Air Lines is adding an interesting flight to its schedule this fall. It will begin flying from American’s Miami International Airport (MIA) hub to Nassau in the Bahamas starting in October.
The new flight to Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) will begin on November 5th and will operate daily on a Boeing 737 equipped with First Class, Comfort+, and Main Cabin seating. American Airlines currently operates this route 4x to 6x daily.
American should be feeling a little heat as Miami is becoming more of a focus city for Delta. It’s tightening its partnership with LATAM. Delta bought a 20% stake in the South American carrier in 2019 and with its investment made it leave the oneworld alliance. With a joint venture in place, it will be interesting to see what other flights Delta offers out of Miami beyond its hubs (if any). It has been operating flights between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) 2x or 3x daily.
In addition to the new Miami flight, Delta will tweak its schedule to Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) from John F. Kennedy International Airport (with the flight becoming a year-round service) and increase frequency to Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) to 2x on Saturdays starting on January 8th.
With these other changes, Delta is quietly killing a route that has yet to launch. Flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Mexico City International Airport (MEX) were supposed to begin on December 21st. This has been cancelled and removed from the schedule. Delta and SkyTeam partner, Aeromexico, will continue to offer service between many other US cities.
Anthony’s Take: It’s always fascinating when the Big three airlines (American, Delta, and United) take swings at each other in their respective hubs. Delta’s partnership with LATAM will give it some teeth.
(H/T: The Points Guy.)
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