Delta has announced it will resume its nonstop flight between MSP Airport and Amsterdam, the first transatlantic flight to run from the Twin Cities since the pandemic-enforced shutdown in March.
The service to Schiphol Airport will run four times a week from Minnesota – Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – and will resume operations on Oct. 25.
When travel restrictions were introduced in mid-March, only 13 airports were allowed to accept passengers from restricted countries, including many in Europe, and MSP wasn't one of them.
Even with the route resuming, there remain restrictions in place for U.S. residents across Europe owing to the large number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Much of mainland western Europe – including France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and the Scandinavian nations – are closed to U.S. travelers. The U.K. and Ireland are open, but visitors must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Schiphol though is a major transfer hub, so travelers from MSP can change there to go on to other destinations that still accept U.S. travelers, such as Belarus, Serbia, and Turkey.
According to WCCO, the only other international flights operating from MSP currently are to Cancun, Mexico, and Calgary and Winnipeg in Canada.
The resumption of service to Amsterdam comes as Europe is experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, with many countries resuming certain lockdown conditions in response to them.
Prior to the pandemic, Delta would operate routes to London Heathrow and Paris Charles-De-Gaulle from MSP.