WNBA to Fly Private with Delta for 2024 Season

by Alice

Delta Air Lines will charter flights for WNBA players during the 2024 season, a landmark move for the league. The program, set to start with the regular season on May 14, marks the first league-wide implementation of private travel.

The decision follows heightened interest as stars like Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese join the league, driving significant public attention. Previously, charter flights were reserved for special circumstances, such as back-to-back games.


The change comes after a video surfaced showing Indiana Fever players, including Clark, boarding a commercial flight to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Clark’s rising popularity has spotlighted the need for private travel in the WNBA.


“I’m super excited for the players who’ve been in this league for a long time and deserved this for years,” Clark told the Indianapolis Star. “This will make recovery and travel easier, improving life for many players. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity in my first year.”


Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, expressed enthusiasm, stating the airline was thrilled to support the WNBA, adding them to their roster of sports charter partners and advancing women’s professional sports.

While the exact start date for the flights wasn’t specified, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert emphasized the league’s dedication to a player-first approach. “We have worked hard to transform the business and build a sustainable model for charter flights. The time is now to show our commitment,” Engelbert said.

The program is expected to cost approximately $25 million annually for the next two seasons, according to ESPN.



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