By Josef Schunder
You couldn’t travel further from here without a stop. And no connection was more prestigious for Stuttgart airport. Then the coronavirus brought down the Stuttgart-Atlanta link. But now Delta Airlines is planning something again.
Stuttgart – At Stuttgart airport, due to the Corona crisis, it is necessary to wait even longer before the previously most prestigious scheduled connection is available again. Direct flights across the Atlantic between Stuttgart and Atlanta, the capital of the US state of Georgia, are not expected to resume until spring 2021. US airline Delta Airlines announced Tuesday.
On next summer’s flight schedule, which goes into effect on the last Sunday in March, there are expected to be five takeoffs a week to Atlanta, Delta said. Conversely, this link will not appear in the 2020/2021 winter flight schedule (starting at the end of October). Delta machines only depart from Frankfurt (four times a week) and Munich (three times a week) in the direction of Atlanta.
The “success story” should continue after the break
The stopover in Stuttgart in the winter season is deplorable, airport spokesman Johannes Schumm said of our newspaper, but it was not particularly surprising. Demand is currently weak, especially on long-haul routes. Due to entry regulations, not everyone is currently allowed to travel to the United States. It all currently depends on the development of the infection process. There is great momentum in the aviation industry, in the sense that connections are also being tested. Sometimes flights are scheduled and then canceled quickly. That Delta will resume the Stuttgart-Atlanta connection in the summer of 2021 and that “the success story of this connection can continue” is very gratifying for the airport company and for customers, Schumm said.
Other airlines have already taken over numerous connections from Stuttgart. A completely new one was added on August 17, albeit more than one short-haul destination: Lübeck Air and Danish airline Air Alsie now serve the Stuttgart-Lübeck route together. They fly into the Baltic Sea six times a week.
At the moment, Stuttgart Airport has about a third of the number of passengers that was common before the pandemic, Schumm said.