Delta is launching new flights to Lima and Cartagena from Atlanta. Photo: Delta

Delta Air Lines Inc.’s new joint venture with LATAM Airlines is set to yield new flights from South America to Atlanta starting this fall. 

LATAM will begin nonstop service from the Peruvian capital of Lima on Oct. 29, complementing Delta’s long-running daily service. 

Delta is also set to deepen its reach into Colombia. The Atlanta-based carrier will restart nonstop service to Cartagena, the colonial-era beach town and port city on the country’s Caribbean coast, with nonstop service commencing just before Christmas on Dec. 22. 

Delta is adding a second daily flight between Atlanta and the Colombian capital of Bogota on Oct 29. 

In August, Atlanta will play host to delegations from two cities where Delta does not operate service: Barranquilla, also on the Caribbean coast, and Medellin, the entrepreneurial heart of the country.

A short-lived nonstop route to Medellin started in 2015 was canceled not too long after. Along with extending Delta travelers’ reach to more than 300 Latin American destinations, part of the rationale of the tie-up with LATAM was the strength of that airline’s existing hub in Miami, where it operates 102 flights per week to five South American cities. Delta offers connections to 11 U.S. cities from Miami, an American Airlines stronghold. 

LATAM on Oct. 29 is to launch a new nonstop flight to Medellin from Miami, giving Delta passengers from other U.S. cities new one-stop access to a key Colombian business destination. 

With the deepening integration of the LATAM joint venture, Delta says it is now offering 30 percent more Latin American capacity than it did in 2022. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...