Summer is coming to a close and travelers are already preparing for 2024 travel. Earlier this year, NBC News described US air travel as a “nightmare.” Pilot shortages, labor issues, and wage negotiations have left many flights canceled or delayed. However, many major airlines are betting on American travelers and upping the ante on new flight routes.
Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are rolling out new routes to cities in Europe and China. Hoping the travel industry will continue to recover from the pandemic, the airline leadership is relying on travelers to keep flight seats filled.
New Routes To Europe
American Airlines is adding new routes to three European cities next summer. The flights will depart from Philadelphia and take passengers to Copenhagen, Naples, and Nice, according to the Associated Press. These new routes went on sale on August 20.
The new routes will take off in the spring of 2024. According to The Point Guys, service to Nice begins on May 6. Service to Naples starts on June 5, with flights departing to Copenhagen on June 6. All three routes will utilize the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Additionally, American Airlines will be bringing back one of travelers’ favorite European routes. The airline discontinued flights from Chicago to Venice four years ago. The route will soon be returning.
Returning Routes Take More Travelers To China
For travelers looking for more routes to China, Delta Air Lines is adding 10 new weekly flights. The routes will fly to Shanghai from Seattle and Detroit and begin later this year. On August 11, the U.S. Transportation Department announced that it would increase the number of passenger flights between the U.S. and China. Delta is taking advantage of the change by helping more travelers fly to the Asian-Pacific beginning on October 29.
“As demand continues to increase and the busy travel season to the Asia-Pacific region commences, the Delta team is ready to welcome even more travelers to the region this winter, providing our award-winning customer service on every journey,” said Jeff Moomaw, Delta Vice President – Asia Pacific in a news release.
According to Reuters, the flights will connect through a partnership with China Eastern Airlines.