Under perfect light conditions, this Delta Boeing 737-700 departs St. Maarten on its way to Atlanta, leaving paradise behind. PHOTO: TREVOR OGLE

MIAMI — Delta Air Lines will be increasing its Caribbean presence from New York (JFK) this upcoming winter season, with increased frequencies to Nassau, and new flights to Kingston, Antigua, and Port-Au-Prince.

These new flights add up to the airline’s current 100 flights per week to 15 different Caribbean destinations from JFK.

The Atlanta-based carrier continues to expand its network after a very positive second quarter. 

In June, the airline broke its own record by transporting 17.7 million passengers.

Delta claims to have flown this number of passengers through both its mainline and Delta connection flights, wrapping up its second quarter with over 50 million passengers.

Delta Boeing 737-800.

Trying to keep up its momentum, the airline has added three all-new routes to the Caribbean, and one additional frequency to the wholesome Nassau route.

The second Nassau flight becomes effective on October 1, with flight DL494 departing JFK at 13:45 and arriving into Nassau at 17:10. The return flight, DL799, will depart Nassau at 18:00 and arrive into JFK at 21:10.

The Kingston service, which becomes effective on December 20, will operate on a daily basis. Flight DL2841 will depart JFK at 07:30 and arrive into Kingston at 11:40. The return flight, DL2843, will then leave Kingston at 08:00 the next morning and arrive back into JFK for 12:00.

The Antigua operation is set to begin on December 22, running on a once weekly basis on Saturdays. Flight DL458 will depart JFK at 08:35 and arrive into Antigua at 13:49. The return flight, DL459, will leave Antigua at 14:50 and arrive back into JFK by 18:31.

At last, the Port-Au-Prince service, set to begin on December 22, will also operate on Saturdays only. Flight DL2716 will depart at the same time as DL458, at 08:35, and arrive in Port-Au-Prince for 12:50. The return, DL2718, will depart Port-Au-Prince at 13:55 and arrive back into JFK for 17:55.

Delta Airbus A320.

Operations to Kingston, Port-Au-Prince, and Antigua will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 737-800, whereas flights to Nassau will run with the carrier’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

These new flights to the Caribbean are great news for the New York market, which during winter will take advantage of the airline’s expanded coverage into the warm Caribbean destinations.