Flight International online news 13:00GMT: Delta Air Lines has today unveiled a string of new European long-haul services from Atlanta and New York JFK, taking to 11 the number of new routes across Europe and the Middle East it will begin next year.

The SkyTeam carrier has today detailed plans to begin flights from Atlanta to Athens and French city Nice this May, and to Venice in June.

It will also start flights from JFK to the Hungarian capital Budapest, Manchester in the UK, the Ukraine capital Kiev and a joint service to Dublin and Shannon in Ireland in May. The Kiev route remains subject to US and foreign government approval, while the Manchester flights await UK approval.

The routes to these eight cities supplement previously announced plans to begin flights from Atlanta to Tel Aviv, Dusseldorf in Germany and the Danish capital Copenhagen. Delta will begin these routes in March, April and May respectively.

Delta is also raising seasonal frequency on its Atlanta-Shannon and JFK-Rome services.

The airline’s chief of network and revenue management Glen Hauenstein explains: “Delta’s extensive widebody fleet will permit rapid growth from both hubs as we begin to reconfigure domestic widebodies to international service.”

Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein says: “Next summer’s increase in international flying is an integral part of our customer-focused transformation plan.”


Source: Flight International