With the return to air travel being sluggish at best, Delta Air Lines has committed to extend its open middle seat policy through January 6, 2021. The Atlanta-based carrier clearly can see that advance bookings are very weak, and is betting that the guaranteed extra spacing onboard its flights will be a strong sales point for travelers this fall and during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period, too.
Delta will also be limiting the number of passengers on each flight so that even aircraft with 2-2 seating will provide for ample space between customers. When choosing seats online for one or two travelers, middle seats will show as blocked. Parties of three or more will view the seat assignment page with middle seat availability should they choose to ride together.
The airline has also extended their change fee waiver through September 30, 2020 for new flight purchases. Schedule changes are permitted without charge for up to one year from the original date of departure.
Delta is the largest carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), with a major hub operation in normal times. Flights and destinations have been reduced due to the COVID19 pandemic.