Delta Air Lines Inc. is starting a nonstop flight to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao Dec. 16, just in time for winter travel.
In doing so, the Atlanta-based carrier is bringing back a flight that it launched with fanfare in 2007 but ended in 13 years ago in 2010.
Curaçao, a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands whose citizens have Dutch and European Union citizenship, is known to Atlantans as a breeding ground for Major League Baseball stars, from legends like Andruw Jones to current all-star second baseman Ozzie Albies and recently departed closer Kenley Jansen.
The country of 150,000 claims to be the highest per capita exporter of major leaguers in the world, but it plans to lure U.S. travelers with charms beyond the baseball diamond, including white-sand beaches and a blend of European and Caribbean culture, such as the colorful colonial architecture recognized by UNESCO in Willemstad.
The flight comes as Delta’s international segment picks up in the wake of the pandemic, contributing to record quarterly revenues and profits posted in the June quarter. Delta’s international revenue jumped 61 percent compared to 2022.
Delta will operate a 160-seat Boeing 737 on the new Curaçao flight.
A ministerial delegation including tourism and government leaders from Curacao was hosted by the Netherlands Consulate General in Atlanta last year, while this week a youth entrepreneurship delegation from the Dutch side of the island of Sint Maarten was in town.
Delta also serves Aruba, San José del Cabo and St. Thomas from Atlanta, among many other destinations.
Learn more about the flight and scheduling here.