Delta Air Lines Leading The Curve in Post-Pandemic Growth

Delta Air Lines leading the curve in post-pandemic growth.
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It remains clear that Delta Air Lines is leading the curve in terms of post-pandemic growth, as the airline operates more flights daily.

Using data from, we will take a look at how far ahead the carrier is and what the Summer 2023 season could mean for them.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

Delta Air Lines leading the curve in post-pandemic growth.
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For March 12-19, Delta Air Lines handled 4,510 movements based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents an increase of 3.35% compared to the same period last year but is a staggering 1204 movements higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Below is how the airline has performed throughout 2023:


Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 1-82923 movements3956 movements3756 movements-5.06%
January 8-153107 movements3963 movements4213 movements+6.31%
January 15-223047 movements4099 movements4347 movements+6.05%
January 22-292916 movements3973 movements4383 movements+10.32%
January 29-February 53001 movements4017 movements4370 movements+8.79%
February 5-122839 movements4078 movements4288 movements+5.15%
February 12-192928 movements4042 movements4163 movements+2.99%
February 19-263166 movements4119 movements4196 movements+1.87%
February 26-March 53268 movements4196 movements4318 movements+2.91%
March 5-123295 movements4386 movements4550 movements+3.74%

The data highlights that despite the gradual levels of growth in terms of movements, this is significantly higher than in the same periods in 2019.

Strong Summer Ahead for Delta Air Lines?

Delta Air Lines leading the curve in post-pandemic growth.
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The Summer 2023 season is expected to be the busiest on record, especially as the industry continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is to be expected that given the amount of new aircraft received and the number of frequency upgrades and route additions there have been from Delta Air Lines, this will no doubt increase those movement numbers.

And within that, there will be a definitive correlation set of the airline taking on more revenue, which will add further to its profitability by year-end.

There will be much importance placed on ensuring as many flights operate as possible, and on time as well, in order to secure future business for the Winter season thereafter.

Either way, the ball is most definitely in the court of Delta Air Lines for the Summer.


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It remains clear that Delta Air Lines is definitely on the right path to success going into the Summer 2023 season.

Both from domestic and long-haul perspectives, the airline definitely has the correct infrastructure in place to succeed well.

All eyes will be on the carrier to see if they add any more routes for the Summer 2023 season or whether now the focus is on the Winter to ensure continued success year-round.

But for now, all we can do is wait and see how the airline performs in the Summer 2023 season, as that will definitely form the foundation of how its year will go.

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