Delta Air Lines will relocate its Boston, New York John F. Kennedy and planned Seattle flights at London Heathrow, joining its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic Airways in terminal 3.
The Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance carrier will move the flights from terminal 4, where the rest of its operations at Heathrow will remain, on 2 April 2014.
“We are working on a series of improvements to enhance the travel experience for our customers," says Craig Kreeger, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, in a statement. "We already co-locate together at New York's JFK airport and moving some of Delta's key business flights to join Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow's terminal 3 will enhance convenience, and reduce connection times.”
Both airlines operate from terminal 4 at JFK, however, most of Delta’s flights operate from the terminal’s B concourse while Virgin Atlantic flights operate from the A concourse.
In addition, Delta plans to begin a second daily London-Detroit flight from 1 June 2014 and will re-time its London-Newark flights to improve schedules for business travellers.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic received antitrust immunity for their metal neutral joint venture between the UK and USA from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in September following Delta’s purchase of a 49% stake in the UK-based carrier in June.