The Atlanta – Buenos Aires route has returned to daily service.
At the end of October, Delta increased its flights to Buenos Aires – Ezeiza International Airport from Atlanta from five times weekly to once daily. The Atlanta-based airline also brought back its flights to Santiago, Chile. Rodrigo Bértola, Director of Sales for South America, said,
“The increase to daily flights from Atlanta to Argentina and Chile makes it easier for friends and family to reunite for the upcoming holiday festivities and for leisure and business travelers to discover all that these two important cities in South America have to offer. And thanks to our partnership with LATAM Airlines, our customers will have more access to award-winning customer service and more connection opportunities between the U.S. and South America. We look forward to introducing more South American travelers to the Delta Difference.”
Delta’s ATL-EZE flight will be operated by the Boeing 767-400 aircraft with 238 seats per flight, offering 7,140 flights throughout the month. On the Santiago route, Delta will use its newer Airbus A350 aircraft with a capacity for 339 passengers.
At the beginning of the month, Delta returned its daily flights from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport to São Paulo. In October, Delta offered 15 flights from JFK to GRU and alternated between its Boeing 767-300 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. With the resumption of its daily services, Delta will only use its Airbus A330-300 offering 8,790 seats for the month.
Delta only offers flights to six South American destinations, from Atlanta and New York. Delta serves Bogota and São Paulo from both New York and Atlanta. The remaining four destinations, Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago, and Quito, are only served from Atlanta. Delta will fly to South America 240 times in November, offering 60,570 seats.
Within the past week, pilots from all three major American carriers have rejected proposed contracts, stating that the offers are not high enough. A few days ago, Delta pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association voted overwhelmingly to approve strike action if the airline fails to offer an adequate contract soon. Delta pilots have not received raises since 2016, with the exception of a few adjustments because of the pandemic.
The strike authorization was the first presented to Delta Air Lines since 2006, emphasizing the significance of the decision. Negotiations for a new contract began in April 2019 but were placed on hold in February 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After being on hold for almost two years, negotiations resumed in January of this year but the ALPA is not happy with the progress of negotiations. As a result, the union and its pilots are ready to take the strongest action possible, strike. The ultimate goal is to reach an agreement and prevent a strike, an action that could seriously impact customers.