Beginning October 31, 2010, Delta will offer ten weekly flights between Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR), with the addition of three, new weekly flights.
The new service is part of Delta’s ongoing effort to better serve business customers by expanding service to and from top business destinations worldwide.
The new flights will be departing from Detroit on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. Service will be operated with a 216-seat Boeing 767 aircraft with 36 seats in BusinessElite and 180 in Economy. The new flights will be available for purchase on Saturday at Delta.com and other ticketing channels.
Delta is also adding four weekly flights between Atlanta and London-Heathrow, which will operate on alternate days with the new Detroit flights. Delta currently operates service between London-Heathrow and four U.S. cities – Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York-JFK. In addition to the new Atlanta and Detroit frequencies, Delta will be adding a third daily flight between Heathrow and JFK on Sept. 19.
Detroit Metro Airport offers non-stop service to and from more than 160 destinations worldwide on more than 1,200 flights each day. Detroit is Delta’s second-largest hub, its primary U.S. gateway to Asia, and its third-busiest U.S. gateway to Europe. DTW will soon feature non-stop connections to four continents with the addition of non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil, this fall.
Passenger Traffic Climbs at DTW
Total passenger traffic at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) grew for a third consecutive month in July 2010 and stabilized year-over-year passenger numbers for the first time in two years, according to Wayne County Airport Authority’s (WCAA) Division of Financial Planning and Analysis. 3,074,803 passengers flew through DTW last month – an increase of 3.4% over July 2009’s total of 2,973,505. “It is encouraging to see passenger traffic at Detroit Metro Airport begin to trend upward again,” said WCAA Interim CEO Genelle Allen. “While ebbs in passenger traffic are normal over time, the Airport Authority is nonetheless pleased to see our business back on the climb.” July’s passenger growth elevates DTW’s year-to-date (YTD) passenger count to 18,690,532 – narrowly surpassing the total of 18,688,851 passengers who used the airport during the first seven months of 2009. International passenger traffic in July 2010 jumped by 25.6% over the same month in 2009 – pushing YTD international traffic through the airport up 2.3% over the same period last year. Aircraft landings and take-offs continued to increase as well–up 6.0% year-over year for June and up 1.9% YTD.