The American airline Delta Air Lines expects fuller aircraft in the coming period. The idea is that due to the greater demand for tickets, prices will also be able to rise.
For this reason, the partner of Air France-KLM and also one of the larger users of Schiphol raised its expectations for the whole year on Wednesday.
Delta released its forecasts ahead of an aviation conference. The extra revenue also comes with extra costs, the company warned. On fuel alone, the company expects to lose almost a quarter more compared to 2019, the last year before the corona pandemic paralyzed aviation and tourism.
Delta is certainly not the first American airline to raise expectations. Airlines such as United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways preceded Delta in this regard.
Incidentally, staff shortages can still hinder Delta’s performance. Last weekend, the airline was forced to cancel hundreds of flights. Delta will continue to operate about a hundred fewer flights per day in the coming period due to staff shortages and other problems.
This quarter, Delta expects to fly at 82 to 83 percent of its capacity, compared to the period before the corona crisis. As a result, the recovery is also slightly less than previously anticipated.