Due to the corona crisis, Delta Air Lines sees no reason to hold a big party in honor of the thirtieth anniversary in Schiphol. Nevertheless, the airline has every reason to look back proudly. “Over the years we have carried 32 million passengers at the airport,” says Feenstra, who was there from the start, in an interview with Aviation News Magazine.
Feenstra saw everything. On July 2, 1990, the first flight from Atlanta with a Lockheed L-1011-500 TriStar landed in the Netherlands. A relevant certificate will be issued in the Delta office in Schiphol.
The acquisition of KLM partner Northwest Airlines accelerated the growth of Delta in Schiphol. Prior to the corona crisis, the counter was located at 10 direct destinations served by 21 flights a day. KLM also provided onward connections to other destinations in Europe. “Due to the corona crisis, there are now only 35 Delta flights per week. But Schiphol is the only European airport that we have continued to visit, ”says Feenstra. With the necessary measures, passenger traffic is now possible, albeit to a limited extent.