MANILA, 13 May 2021: Delta Air Lines is pulling back flights in Asia starting with the axing of a  fifth-freedom service between South Korea and the Philippines and will use its partnership with Korean Air to serve the region.

Delta’s fifth-freedom service between Seoul and Manila is not likely to return any time soon. (Fifth freedom: An airline flies between two foreign countries on the way to or from its home country.)

The Atlanta-based airline said in a statement that ongoing
travel restrictions and uncertain market situations caused by the Covid-19
pandemic forced it to suspend the Seoul-Manila service indefinitely. Delta will
continue to serve Manila through its joint venture partner Korean Air.

Back in mid-2019, the airline shifted its Asian gateway city
for trans-Pacific flights from Tokyo-Narita to Seoul ICN. At the same time, it
said it would serve Manila but with a fifth freedom service out of Seoul that
connected with the airline’s trans-Pacific flights from Seoul to the US. The Covid-19
pandemic scuttled those plans.

(Source: The Points Guy News)

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