Delta Air Lines has announced they will begin nonstop flights between the United States and Mumbai, India beginning in 2019.
“It is exciting to be able to announce Delta’s return to India from the U.S. as part of our vision to expand Delta’s reach internationally,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We are thankful to the president for taking real action to enforce our Open Skies trade deals, which made this new service possible. We are looking forward to providing customers in the U.S. and India with Delta’s famously reliable, customer-focused service operated by the best employees in the industry.”
According to the airline, they are able to offer the route because of agreements between the United States and the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to address the issue of government subsidies provided to state-owned carriers in those nations.
Because of the framework created during those talks, Delta can now move forward with offering service to the area. The new route still has to receive government approval. Delta also plans to expand its existing codeshare relationship with partner Jet Airways, which will help provide connections to other destinations within India.
Delta has not yet announced where they will be flying out of, but they will release full schedule details will be announced later in 2018.