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Delta-Virgin New York to Edinburgh route takes off

Press Release   •   Aug 26, 2015 16:18 BST

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay welcomes the announcement by Delta and Virgin Atlantic Airways of a new direct flight from New York JFK to Edinburgh Airport.

The daily service will commence from 27 May 2016.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said:

“We are delighted that Delta has chosen to launch a direct service from New York to Edinburgh. The United States continues to be our biggest international market for inbound tourism but there is always room for growth. Direct route improvements over the last two years have helped boost visitor numbers and this new route will tap in to Delta’s vast North American network opening up even more opportunities for US visitors to come to Scotland.

“Connecting Scotland to major hubs in the US is key for growth and with this new route we now have all three major airline alliances serving Edinburgh and Scotland which will encourage visitors, including those members of airline loyalty schemes, to fly directly to the country.

“US visitors are drawn to Scotland for its awe-inspiring scenery, engrossing history and rich culture, while the enduring appeal of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ continues to generated huge interest amongst travellers.”

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More details on the route:

Launch: 27 May 2016

Rotation: Daily

Flight Times: Flight Departs Arrives
DL 488/VS 4026 NY-JFK at 8:15 p.m. Edinburgh at 8:40 a.m. (+ 1 day)
DL 4879/VS 4027 Edinburgh at 10:30 a.m. NY-JFK at 1:01 p.m.

Further information can be found at:

http://news.delta.com/delta-virgin-offer-new-routes-across-atlantic

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