Delta will keep blocking the middle seat until 2021

Published on Friday, August 21, 2020

Delta Air Lines has pledged to keep the middle seat blocked until early-2021. However it will increase overall capacity in economy from the current 60% to 75%. "Medical experts, including our own partners at Emory Healthcare, agree — more distance on board makes a difference," said Bill Lentsch, Delta's head of customer service. It will make available more aisle and window seats and let families book seats next to each other beginning on 1 October. The airline said maximum capacity in the first-class cabin will stay at 50% until 31 October. "Restoring confidence in the safety of air travel is more important right now than filling up every seat on a plane," Lentsch said. The new capacity limit in economy will be evaluated again in October and may be amended further. Written by Ray Montgomery, US editor

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