In a weekend route update, Delta Air Lines filed for new service connecting Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Austin, Texas. At first glance, this seems to be an odd new route for Delta to fly. That is, until you see when the limited time route will be flown: March of 2018.
Delta will fly 4 round-trip flights direct to Austin specifically for the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) event.
These flights will be scheduled for March 8, 9, 14, and 18, and will connect Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).
“Delta’s AUS-AMS flights will make it even easier for global customers to experience SXSW,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Smith called the SXSW festival a heavily attended “convergence of music, interactive, and film industries.”
Delta will operate these new flights in conjunction with their codeshare partners, Air France, KLM, and Alitalia. This will allow the flights to Austin to seamlessly connect with services from across the carriers’ joint European network, including Paris, Berlin, and Rome.
A 767-300 aircraft will be used on the route for each of the 4 flights. Holding 225 passengers each, these flights will allow up to 900 SXSW attendees to travel directly to the festival from Europe. The current detailed flight schedule is as follows:
|Flight Number||Departure City||Departure Date||Departure Time||Destination City||Arrival Time||Aircraft|
|DL157||AMS||March 8 & 9||10:05||AUS||15:00||76W|
|DL156||AUS||March 8 & 9||17:43||AMS||10:50 +1||76W|
|DL157||AMS||March 14 & 18||10:05||AUS||16:00||76W|
|DL156||AUS||March 14 & 18||18:43||AMS||10:50 +1||76W|
Arrival and departure times in Austin differ by an hour for the 2 flights at the end of SXSW. This is due to Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., which begins during the festival.
The flights are available for booking now through Delta or KLM. U.S. customers can book by calling 1-800-221-1212 or online with Delta. European customers can call KLM at +31 (0)20 721 9128 or visit KLM’s site to book.
“Events like the SXSW always attract thousands of international visitors so it’s important for Delta to meet the demands of our customers by offering special flights to these events,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Transatlantic. “This is one benefit of both our large fleet and partnership with KLM – we can schedule services across our network as demand dictates, whether that’s a summer seasonal service or these flights to Austin.”
It appears that Delta is moving forward with a plan to fly limited-time schedules to major events taking place in the U.S. They previously announced nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul in January 2018 for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
SXSW was founded in 1987 and has since grown into a destination for global professionals. SXSW “dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals” and believes “the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.”
The South by Southwest Conference and surrounding events celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW prides itself on being “the premier destination for discovery.”
SXSW will take place in Austin, Texas, March 9-18, 2018.