Delta announced on Thursday 4th April 2019 that they will be introducing two new international routes. Nonstop services from Boston Logan International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Gatwick Airport will begin in the summer of 2020 in partnership with Virgin Atlantic.
More details including the flight schedule will be announced later this year. London Gatwick was the first destination for Delta’s very first transatlantic flight more than 40 years ago, when service began from Atlanta.
London Gatwick will become the eighth nonstop trans-Atlantic destination from Boston operated by Delta and their partner airlines. Up to 13 daily flights are offered by Delta and their partners between Boston and Europe. The additional flight from New York is a welcome addition to Delta and Virgin’s combined eight daily flights to London Heathrow. There are also flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester from Delta’s JFK hub.
Together with its partners, Delta offers their customers the most transatlantic flights and seats out of the northeast United States.
Roberto Ioriiatti, Delta’s Vice President – Trans-Atlantic had this to say:
“Delta once again shows that we are able to connect Boston and New York to the world through an unmatched global network paired with our award-winning service, industry-leading reliability and an enhanced customer experience both in the air and on the ground. These new services will offer even more ways for our customers on both sides of the Atlantic to experience the products and services that set Delta and its partners apart while traveling to the destinations they value the most.”
It is unclear whether Delta or Virgin Atlantic planes will operate the route. With Norwegian already flying to New York and Boston from London Gatwick and the announcement of JetBlue beginning operations to London in 2021, this could prove a good move by Delta.