MIAMI— Next summer, Delta Air Lines will expand its offer with two new routes from its Midwest hubs, offering daily flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Rome (FCO), and six weekly flights from Detroit (DTW) to Munich, joining to the already-announced New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland; Salt Lake City (SLC) to London-Heathrow (LHR); and Raleigh-Durham to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) service.
“Our five new routes will complement our returning seasonal service for a full summer of trans-Atlantic flying in 2016,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic.
The only current nonstop flights to Germany from Detroit are Delta and Lufthansa’s direct routes to Frankfurt. The airline assures that the new German route is aimed at business flyers,as both cities are major automotive centers. “Detroit to Munich is important for our corporate customers” James commented.Delta serves four destinations in Germany – Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.
From the Twin Cities to the Eternal City
Delta’s daily round-trip from Minneapolis to Rome will marks its fifth long-haul international destination from MSP, one of the carrier’s largest North American hubs.“Rome is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with tremendous historical, cultural and commercial appeal. It is also the most popular destination in Europe not to already have direct service from MSP International Airport” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
The announcement is welcome news in the Twin Cities, where there are doubts on the commitment of the Atlanta-based carrier to its future presence at MSP, which is often compared to the airline’s larger presence in Detroit.
“With the investments in our facilities and the addition of Rome service, our partnership with the MSP market is strong,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president of network planning, in a press release.
Cortelyou left an open possibility to see further international expansion out of MSP, adding that “we look forward to partnering with the community and the airport authority to meet the growing needs of our customers in the Twin Cities.”
Next month, Delta will resume a non-stop service from MSP to Honolulu, a flight that was cancelled in 2011.