Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Delta to resume Mumbai-New York JFK nonstop after a decade from December 22

New Delhi: Direct connectivity between India and the United States is all set to improve from this winter. US carrier Delta will resume Mumbai-New York JFK nonstop from December 22. Delta first started this route in 2006 but stopped the same in 2009 “as illegally subsidized Middle East carriers made the route untenable.”

Since then, United is the only US carrier to fly to India. It currently has a daily nonstop on Newark (EWR)-Mumbai and EWR-Delhi (which is as of now temporarily suspended till July 2). United will have a seasonal Delhi-San Francisco (SFO) direct from December 5 to March-end. Depending on the response to this route, United may later make it round the year flight.

Among Indian carriers, only Air India flies to US with over 30 weekly nonstops between Delhi, Mumbai and JFK, EWR, SFO, Chicago and Washington. AI plans to add more routes, both new cities like Los Angeles and increase frequencies of existing ones, if it can get funds to buy engines for some grounded Boeing 777s.

Meanwhile, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the nonstop service between New York and Mumbai “is the latest example of our international growth as we strive to connect the world better than any other airline. This route would not be possible without the administration's ongoing efforts to enforce fair competition in international travel, ensuring that consumers enjoy a wide range of choices as they travel the globe.”

The flight will leave JFK at 9:15 pm and reach Mumbai at 10:50 pm (next day). The return flight will depart Mumbai at 12:50 am and reach JFK at 6:35 am (all times local).
01/05/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India