Delta Restarts Daily Service Between Edinburgh and Atlanta
Delta has brought back its non-stop service between Edinburgh and Atlanta after more than a decade’s absence.
A piper welcomed the 216-seat Boeing 767-300 upon its arrival in the Scottish capital on Friday, May 26, the first trip since 2007.
The connection, which is in addition to the connections with Boston and New York-JFK, will increase Edinburgh's transatlantic capacity to 149% of 2019 levels.
Paul Hassenstab, Delta’s sales director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, said: “Bringing back our non-stop service from Edinburgh to Atlanta offers our customers more than 200 onward destinations across the United States and beyond as well as providing more options for US visitors to Scotland.”
The largest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in Georgia, is connected to Edinburgh by a joint venture between Delta, Air France KLM, and Virgin Atlantic.
With Americans making up 18% of all foreign visits in 2019, the US is Scotland's leading source of inbound tourists from abroad.
Hassenstab said: “The ties between our two nations are historic and enduring, and with positive demand for all our Scottish services both from business and leisure customers, we have grown our schedule between Scotland and the US by 90% compared to last year.”
Edinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “It’s always exciting to add new routes where we can, and we are thrilled to offer another connection to the USA by connecting these two fantastic cities.
“As Scotland’s airport, we want to tell the country’s story to the world, and we are lucky to have a story that continues to excite people – from history, culture and whisky to stunning scenery and a chance to reconnect with ancestors and family ties.
“This new route will be Delta’s third at Edinburgh airport and shows the strong demand and confidence in our market, and we look forward to working with our partners to make the route a success and provide seamless travel for both inbound and outbound travellers.”
While flight number DL34 left Atlanta at 10.25 p.m. and arrives in Edinburgh at 11.30 a.m., flight number DL35 departs Edinburgh at 12.05 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta at 4 p.m.
Due to high demand, flights have been upgraded to daily service until September 5 from the initial five times per week that were planned, according to Edinburgh airport.