Delta Air Lines to resume non-stop NY-Mumbai flights after 9-year-gap
America's Delta Air Lines on Friday announced resuming its non-stop services from New York to Mumbai next year after it had suspended the services to Mumbai in 2009, blaming Middle Eastern carriers for hurting its ability to operate in parts of Asia. Delta CEO Ed Bastian. said Delta's return to India is part of their vision to expand Delta's reach internationally. Here's more.
Delta's announcement follows agreements between the US and the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to address the issue of government subsidies provided to state-owned carriers in those nations. The framework allows Delta to move forward with its services to India. Delta was forced to exit the market after subsidized state-owned airlines made service economically unviable, the airlines said.
"We are thankful to the President for taking real action to enforce our 'Open Skies' trade deals, which made this new service possible," CEO Bastian said. Delta said it also intends to expand its existing relationship with Jet Airways to provide seamless connections to other destinations within India. Full schedule and details of the New York-Mumbai service will be announced later this year.