Business travellers flying from Scotland to New York will have another airline to choose from come May next year.
As well as current services offered by the likes of American Airlines, they’ll also have the option of travelling direct with Delta Virgin which is set to introduce new flights from May 27, 2016.
Edinburgh Airport says the new addition will give travellers greater choice, as well as greater connectivity across the whole of North America thanks to Delta’s extensive network and Sky Team alliance at JFK.
The aircraft will offer passengers access to on-demand in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity, while those travelling in the Delta One cabin will also benefit from full flat-bed seats and a range of personalised dining options. Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Edinburgh Airport has witnessed exceptionally strong growth to North America over the past three years and in particular to New York. We are therefore delighted to welcome Delta to Edinburgh to maintain our continued development of the North American market.
“Edinburgh to New York is a flagship route between two vibrant economic and cultural power houses. The strong bonds between Scotland and America are well known and we look forward to welcoming even more inbound visitors from throughout America to Scotland’s capital city, and similarly assist more Scots in visiting North America.”
Cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown said: “Scotland and the United States share strong cultural and economic bonds, so this new direct service between Edinburgh and New York will only serve to strengthen these links.
“This is excellent news for Scottish businesses, giving them enhanced direct access to American markets. It will also prove valuable for our tourism industry – by reducing the need for travellers to take extra connecting flights via London or the continent, we make Scotland even more attractive as a holiday destination.
“Of course, we could attract more direct international flights like this to Scotland by cutting rates of Air Passenger Duty, and I once again call on the UK Government to transfer these powers to the Scottish Parliament as soon as possible.
“I congratulate Edinburgh Airport and Delta on this announcement and look forward to the new service taking off next summer.”