Delta Creates Special Flight for Belgian Tourists to Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays.
The tourists left Amsterdam on May 31 as part of a reward trip by the Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina.
Inclement weather delayed the initial flight’s takeoff. Travelers met further delays due to short staffing at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint in Minneapolis, forcing them to miss their flight to Rapid City.
Delta spokeswoman Adrian Gee says the airline had an empty 160-passenger jumbo jet and crew available to take the tourists to their destination near the Black Hills. She says it was the right thing to do for their customers.