Delta Air Lines and the LATAM Group have announced four new routes connecting the U.S. with Latin America as part of their expanded joint venture.
LATAM Airlines Colombia will commence a new route between Miami (MIA) and Medellin (MDE) starting on October 29. Medellin is gaining popularity among U.S. travelers and expats as a preferred destination. The new daily service will be carried out by an Airbus A320 plane, accommodating up to 180 passengers in both Economy and Premium Economy cabins.
The same day, LATAM Airlines Peru will launch daily flights between the Peruvian capital Lima (LIM), and Delta’s primary hub Atlanta (ATL). The new route, which will be the first time LATAM Airlines flies to Atlanta, will also be operated by an Airbus A320 and will complement Delta’s daily service between the two cities, which uses a Boeing 767-300ER.
Also, on October 29, Delta will add a second daily service between Atlanta and Bogota (BOG). The additional service will be operated with a Boeing 757-200 that offers seats in the Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, and First Class.
Finally, just in time for those seeking some winter sun, Delta will launch a thrice-weekly service between Atlanta and Cartagena (CTG)—a city situated on Colombia’s Caribbean coast that features a beautifully-restored historical old town along with a plethora of beaches and paradisical islands nearby. Delta will use a Boeing 737 to operate the service, providing seating options in the Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, and First Class.
“The mission of Delta and the LATAM group’s partnership is to make travel between our Joint Venture markets in North and South America easier and more enjoyable and to bring the continents closer than ever,” said Alex Antilla, Vice President for Latin America at Delta.
“We’re grateful for the response from customers who are moving over to Delta and the LATAM Group. These exciting new routes, combined with our loyalty benefits, will provide even more ways to discover and do business in these dynamic markets. Just as importantly, we look forward to welcoming LATAM Airlines Peru on their first Atlanta route, and to attracting new visitors to the Peach State.”
Martin St. George, Chief Commercial Officer of LATAM Airlines Group, said: “We are very happy to announce the new route between Miami and Medellin, one of the major financial, industrial and commercial centers in Colombia. At the same time, the service between Lima and Delta’s largest hub in Atlanta, also reinforces our joint commitment to deliver more and better connection options for our customers.”
“We will continue to work hard to elevate the experience for our passengers with internationally acclaimed service and a determined emphasis on sustainability for the skies of the Americas and the world.”
Altogether, the partnership between Delta and LATAM connects more than 200 destinations in North America with over 120 in South America. Since the joint venture was launched in October last year, they have increased capacity by 75% to become the largest joint venture partnership in the market.
In addition to the vast range of destinations on offer, frequent flyers with both airlines can also get mutual benefits, including priority boarding, extra baggage allowance, and lounge access to 53 Delta Sky Club lounges in the U.S. and five LATAM lounges across Latin America.