Delta to Block Middle Seats for the Rest of the Year

Business Travel News 8/20/2020

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Delta is extending its policy of blocking middle seats through at least Jan. 6, though might ease some of its other capacity restrictions before then, the carrier announced.

The policy blocks middle seats in all cabins unless passengers are traveling in a group of at least three people. Previously, the policy had been set to run through Sept. 30.

For now, other capacity controls—limits to the total number of passengers on board, limiting First Class cabins to half capacity and blocking aisle seats on one side of aircraft without middle seats—are set to run through Oct. 31, though Delta indicated those could be extended as well. The carrier still plans to switch to larger aircraft or add flights on routes where demand is causing fuller planes.

Delta One cabins on widebody aircraft, however, will be sold at full capacity as of Oct. 1. Delta said those seats are "designed with more space and privacy built in."

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