After six years, Delta Air Lines has taken off again from Berlin marking the start of the U.S. carrier’s daily summer seasonal service to New York-JFK. Celebratory events included a cake cutting and ribbon cutting at ahead of the flight’s departure. Customers on the flight were also given toy bears – the symbol of Berlin – as they boarded as well as cupcakes.
“With this flight, Delta now flies to five cities in Germany, which is more than any other European market,” said Nat Pieper, Delta’s senior vice president Alliances. “We have a history in Berlin and are pleased to be back in the capital this summer rounding out our network in the country.”
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of the Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: "Welcome back to Berlin! Delta Air Lines restarting its service from Berlin to New York-JFK after six years will generate a positive response among the passengers in our region. The metropolis at the Atlantic Ocean is a popular destination for U.S. travelers, business customers as well as city hoppers. Berlin on the other hand is very attractive for New Yorkers. Our city will profit from the additional visitors from the U.S. We wish Delta Air Lines always happy landings!"
Customers flying on the Berlin service have a choice of more than 60 convenient onward connections from JFK throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Delta has invested heavily in Terminal 4 at JFK facilitating more same-terminal connections and further improving the customer experience with more retail and dining outlets.
“Berlin is one of five new routes we are launching in Europe today,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President Transatlantic. “Delta is committed to building a network in Europe and beyond that supports our customers’ business and leisure travel needs”.
In 2016, the United States was the third biggest source market for Berlin with more than 1.1 million visitors, a 4.5% increase on the previous year, according to data from Visit Berlin.
Delta’s Berlin services operate as follows:
Flight DL222 - Departs Berlin at 12.55 p.m. - Arrives New York-JFK at 15.45 p.m.
Flight DL422 - Departs New York-JFK at 8.18 p.m. - Arrives Berlin at 11.00 a.m. (+1 day)