The new route from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Hilton Head Island Airport will start May 23 with three daily flights.
Delta had previously operated the route to Hilton Head Island Airport years ago. About a decade ago, Delta retired the turboprop aircraft it once used to fly the route. It later resumed the route using different planes from its merger with Northwest Airlines.
However, because of the Hilton Head airport’s short runway, Delta said it had severe weight limitations that prevented it from being able to carry a full load on the flights. It eventually discontinued its Atlanta-Hilton Head service, saying it was difficult to make the route profitable.
The recent runway extension opened the Hilton Head airport up to regular jet service, attracting more airline routes directly to the island.