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A new non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport has been launched by Delta Air Lines.
According to the carrier, their new route will offer more onward connections and onboard amenities than any other airline flying between the two destinations. Options include 60 onward connections to Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco, amongst others.
The new service means Delta’s UK network now extends into Scotland. This is a significant step for the airline as the United States is the number one inbound tourism market to the country, responsible for almost half a million visitors to Scotland in 2014, which was a rise of 100,000 on 2013.
Data from the Scottish government has revealed that overall tourism expenditure in the country totaled around £9.7 billion in 2014. Now VisitScotland statistics estimate that the new flight may be worth an additional £23 million a year to the region's tourism industry.
Extensive travel options
Delta Vice President Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Frank Jahangir, said: “We’re looking forward to launching a service to Scotland offering extensive travel options throughout the US for customers in the Edinburgh area, as well bringing thousands more American visitors to Scotland.
“Plus, as the only year-round non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York-JFK, we are confident that the route will expand trade and tourism opportunities.”
Chief Executive at VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead, commented: “Scottish tourism punches above its weight on the world stage and this new Delta Air Lines service from New York to Edinburgh will be another fantastic boost; strengthening our connectivity in the North American market by unlocking Delta’s vast internal network.”
He went on to explain that visitors add an average of almost £900 per trip to Scotland's economy and that the number of Americans who can trace their heritage back to the country plays a part in its popularity.
“Our history and heritage is a huge appeal for U.S. visitors and so it’s appropriate that passengers will begin their exploration of the spirit of Scotland just a stone’s throw from the majestic Edinburgh Castle,” Roughead said.
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Date Created: 27/05/2016