Focusing on its top destinations and hubs, Delta Air Lines has outlined plans for the resumption of long-haul international routes. Included in the plans are flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo. While American citizens are currently barred in most instances from traveling to the European Union countries which includes Holland and France, as well as to the UK by British regulations, the carrier is looking ahead to when COVID19 is better controlled in the U.S., or a vaccine becomes available.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, to Amsterdam, and Air France to Paris, as part of the SkyTeam network with Delta, are also planning their spring or early summer return to MSP.
The new schedule shows that Delta will not be returning anytime soon, if at all, to Dusseldorf in Germany, Mumbai in India, or Osaka, Japan. These pre-pandemic cities are not on the newly released schedule.
As for specifics from the Twin Cities:
- Tokyo (HND) – no flights in winter; five times weekly in summer
- Seoul (ICN) – no flights in winter; five times weekly starting in April, 2021
- Amsterdam (AMS) – no flights in winter; twice daily in summer
- Paris (CDG) – no flights in winter; once daily in summer
- London (LHR) – no flights in winter; once daily in summer
NOTE: Delta’s winter schedule runs from Oct. 25, 2020 – Mar. 27, 2021. The summer schedule will run from Mar. 28 – Oct. 30, 2021.
MSP originating travelers looking to fly Delta overseas prior to the re-start of non-stop international services from Minnesota have easy connections available via Detroit to Tokyo and Amsterdam; Seattle to Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai; Atlanta to Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and London; and New York (JFK) to Accra, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Dakar, Dublin, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Tel Aviv and Zurich.
International service plans from MSP to Canada and Mexico have not yet been announced. Canada recently extended its U.S. traveler prohibition until at least the end of October.