Delta Air Lines haslaunched its first flight between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London-Gatwick. The inaugural flight follows an agreement between Delta and United Airlines earlier this year whereby Delta acquired the route authority to operate non-stop service between London-Gatwick and its fast-growing hub at New York-JFK.
The launch of Delta’s London to New York route marks a major milestone in the airline’s decade-long efforts to expand from London to JFK. In addition to this new service to London-Gatwick, Delta continues to favour an Open Skies agreement between the United States and Europe that would allow Delta and other U.S. carriers to also serve London’s Heathrow Airport.
“As the world’s leading airline between the U.S. and Europe, acquiring the rights to fly the London to New York route was essential to the development of our overall network,” said Lee Macenczak, Delta’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Customer Service. “The links between these two markets from both a leisure and business perspective are strong, which is why the route is one of the most fiercely competitive routes in the world. As we launch the first of our two daily services from London to New York, we are now not only able to provide our passengers and cargo customers with direct access to the New York area, but will also be providing onward connection possibilities to more than 40 destinations.”