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Delta Boosts Network to Popular Summer Vacation Spots

The network expansion has a particular focus on leisure destinations, including Santa Barbara, Fresno-Yosemite, Reno-Lake Tahoe, and Aspen

by Fergus Cole

September 20, 2023

Photo: Delta, Airbus A220-100. Courtesy of Trac Vu / Unsplash

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will expand its domestic network in 2024 with new and returning routes to popular vacation destinations across the U.S. during the summer.

Delta will be launching at least three new routes next summer, with non-stop services from its primary hub in Atlanta (ATL) to popular vacation spots in California – the idyllic beach resort of Santa Barbara (SBA) and Fresno (FAT), the gateway to Yosemite National Park – as well as new direct flights between Dallas (DFW) and Seattle (SEA).

Photo: Yosemite National Park. Courtesy of Bailey Zindel / Unsplash

In addition to these new routes, the airline will resume seven previously operated routes, including three from Atlanta, two from Detroit (DTW), and two from Salt Lake City (SLC).

Delta will also increase the frequency of three popular routes departing from Atlanta. The returning destinations include Anchorage (ANC), which provides excellent opportunities to explore Alaska’s stunning national parks, and Reno (RNO), the ideal airport for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities at Lake Tahoe.

The carrier will also expand its seasonal service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Aspen (ASE) with year-round flights, allowing holidaymakers to swap their skis for hiking boots and enjoy the exclusive Colorado mountain resort during the summer months.

Photo: Delta, Boeing 757-200. Courtesy of Delta

“By reopening service to Santa Barbara and delivering more ways to access sought-after destinations throughout the U.S. West, we’re more ready than ever to take our customers on their next great adventures – with the service, reliability, and conveniences they’ve come to know and expect when flying Delta,” said Joe Esposito, Senior Vice President of Network Planning at Delta.

Starting on June 7, 2024, Delta will launch new daily flights from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Santa Barbara and Fresno and resume daily services between Atlanta and Oakland (OAK), Hollywood Burbank (BUR), and Reno, Nevada. On the same day, it will resume daily flights between Detroit and Anchorage, Salt Lake City and Columbus (CMH), and two daily flights between Salt Lake City and Santa Barbara.

On June 8, 2024, the airline will introduce a new twice-daily service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle-Tacoma. Additionally, it will resume daily flights between Detroit and Sacramento (SMF) on the same date.

Photo: Courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Three routes out of Atlanta will also see increased frequencies. Flights to Colorado Springs (COS) will increase daily to two per day, while El Paso (ELP) will increase from two to three daily flights. Flights to Sacramento will also increase from three to four flights per day.

Delta said that most of these new and returning routes next summer will be operated with its mainland fleet of Boeing 737-800s, 737-900s, 757-200s, Airbus A220-300s, and A321neos. These aircraft offer three cabin classes to Delta passengers – First Class, Delta Comfort+, and the Main Cabin.