Delta not yet ready to reinstate New York-Cairo

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Delta Air Lines is waiting to see "a return of demand" before reinstating service from New York JFK to Cairo, Egypt.

Early this year the SkyTeam alliance member indefinitely suspended service on the route amid widespread unrest across the country. Speaking at Airline Business' Alliances, Joint Ventures and Partnerships conference in Rome, Delta managing director - market development and analysis - Europe, Middle East & Africa, Jina Sanone, said the carrier is keeping a close eye on whether or not demand has returned.

"We have conversations with our partners on the ground. They are anxious for us to start again," said Sanone. However, there is still a "perception" that Cairo travel is not yet safe, she explained.

In markets like Cairo, however, Delta has been able to maintain a foothold through its alliance partners, a benefit that further underscores the value of Delta's SkyTeam alliance partnerships, according to Sanone.