Think Atlanta, think Delta. Last year, some 22.1 million passengers transited the airport with the airline. Over eight in ten passengers were domestic, with Norfolk to San Diego the number-one origin-and-destination (O&D). Florida was all-important, featuring 21 times in the top-25 O&Ds, helped by Delta having up to 153 daily departures to 16 Sunshine State airports.
Despite the unprecedented challenge of 2020, Delta saw 33.28 million people fly to and from Atlanta, according to data from the airport. This meant that the carrier – and its regional affiliates – had over three-quarters (78%) of all of the airport’s passengers.
As you would expect, transit passengers were significant. Examining booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyzer suggests that approximately 22.10 million – or about three-quarters – of Delta’s passengers transited Atlanta. While this was only about 37% of what it had in 2019, where did they go?
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Delta’s top-25 transit routes via Atlanta
With about 39,000 round-trip passengers, the navy-orientated route from Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego was Delta’s number-one transit O&D last year. The top-25, shown below, had a minimum of approximately 18,000 connecting passengers.
- Norfolk over Atlanta to San Diego
- Fort Lauderdale-Salt Lake City
- Los Angeles-Orlando
- Jacksonville-Los Angeles
- Orlando-Salt Lake City
- Detroit-West Palm Beach
- Los Angeles-Tampa
- Los Angeles-Raleigh Durham
- Jacksonville-Salt Lake City
- Jacksonville-St Louis
- Jacksonville-Los Angeles
- Miami-Salt Lake City
- Los Angeles-Norfolk
- Fort Lauderdale-Minneapolis
- Minneapolis-West Palm Beach
Norfolk to San Diego
Across all carriers and hubs, Norfolk-San Diego saw estimated round-trip traffic of about 63,000, down from about 139,000 in 2019. Atlanta was the main connecting airport, followed by Charlotte, O’Hare, Dallas, and Dulles.
Traveling via Atlanta is just 78 miles farther than a non-stop would be. And with Delta having large numbers of flights to Norfolk and San Diego, and therefore multiple departure times, it isn’t much of a surprise that Atlanta was the main feeder airport. Norfolk will see seven point-to-point routes with Breeze Airways from June.
82% of transit passengers were domestic
Over eight in ten transit passengers were domestic, not helped by border closures and everything surrounding that. Still, some 4.08 million passengers were international, with the main regional markets led by the Caribbean via Atlanta across the US.
Indeed, this market had traffic of more than 750,000, especially to/from Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and the Virgin Islands. Detroit to Punta Cana and Montego, Boston to Montego Bay, Montego Bay to Omaha, and Detroit-Nassau were the top five O&Ds.
Florida was the leading state
The Sunshine State is always crucially important for Delta from Atlanta and last year was no exception. Indeed, Florida was involved in 21 of Delta’s top-25 transit markets, and approximately 4.1 million of the airline’s 22.10 million transit passengers traveled to/from the state. This was equivalent to nearly one in every five passengers.
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