Airlines have been adding tons of new routes and thousands of seats flying down to the Caribbean this winter, and Delta has been among the most bullish. But the Atlanta-based carrier still isn't done yet.
A Delta spokesperson said on Friday afternoon that the airline will launch two brand new routes to the Cayman Islands (GCM) and Turks and Caicos (PLS) this winter – including one bit of clear retaliation against its competitor in Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Sun Country. At the same time, the airline will more than double how often it flies two popular existing routes to Antigua (ANU) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), too!
The new flights are set to go on sale this weekend. Here's what Delta has planned:
- Brand new winter seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM), flying just once a week on Saturdays
- Brand new service from Boston (BOS) to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS), also flying just once a week on Saturdays
- Increased service from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) – up to eight flights a week over the peak winter!
- Increased service from Atlanta (ATL) to Antigua (ANU), going frmo just one to two flights a week over the winter.
Delta says the new Minneapolis to Grand Cayman route will operate on Saturdays only between Feb. 17 and April 6, 2024, flying on an Airbus A319. It accompanies the brand new, just-announced route between MSP and PLS, too.
Those are no accident. Both routes match growing competitor Sun Country, which began flying to Grand Cayman from Minneapolis less than a year ago. It's undoubtedly a response to Sun Country's latest moves this week: The low-cost carrier targeted eight routes that Delta already services from Minneapolis.
For the Boston to Turks and Caicos route, travelers will see a similar, Saturday-only schedule flying between Feb. 17 and April 6, 2024. That route will also be on an Airbus 319.
Back in Minneapolis, nonstop flights to San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico are getting a huge boost. Starting Feb. 17, that route will go from three times a week to a whopping eight flights weekly until early April.
Delta's Atlanta to Antigua route will also double in frequency, going from Saturday-only service to twice-weekly service from mid-February through early April.
Delta has announced two new routes to the Caribbean for this coming winter while increasing frequencies on two others.
The routes from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Grand Cayman (GCM) and from Boston (BOS) to Turks & Caicos (PLS) will be brand new, while the Minneapolis to San Juan (SJU) and Atlanta (ATL) to Antigua (ANU) flights will at least double in frequency. All these new (and familiar) flights are set to go on sale this weekend.