The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 25 September 2019

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Virgin Hotels Miami Brickell District Render
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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 GMT.

Delta & KLM Route Launches

Following the recent launch by Delta of London Gatwick – Boston from 22 May 2020, Delta is to also launch a new summer seasonal route from Rome to Boston from Friday 22 May to 8 September 2020.

Delta has also confirmed that its summer seasonal route from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City will operate year round from Sunday 19 December 2019.

KLM is to launch a three times weekly service from Amsterdam Schiphol to Austin from Monday 4 May 2020. Flights operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays and will be operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

All of these routes will be codeshared with Virgin Atlantic.

Given the relatively significant presence of Thomas Cook in Manchester on North Atlantic routes, which is a “focus city” for Delta & Virgin Atlantic, it would be surprising if there isn’t a competitive response from them to the liquidation of Thomas Cook.

Also of note this week:

Last week we reported of some tactical BA transatlantic cancellations in early October. Presumably due to the cancellation of the planned BA pilot strike, these have since been reinstated.

Amtrak launches non-stop rail services between New York and Washington DC. (CNBC)

The Central Park Conservancy has unveiled a $110 million plan to renovate the northern end of Central Park, New York. (New York Times)

Virgin Hotels is to open a new hotel in the Brickell district of Miami. The hotel will feature a three storey rooftop space and pool. Construction of the property by a third party developer, which will also include residential apartments, is expected to start next year and the property will open in 2023. Other Virgin branded hotels are due to open in Dallas, Nashville, New Orleans and New York. (Virgin)

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