One of the largest carriers worldwide, Delta Air Lines, has today announced their intention to serve one of India's largest cities, Mumbai. The route, which will most likely be started out of its JFK-hub, will begin in 2019, according to the airline and a full schedule will be released later this year. At the same time, they will also expand their codeshare-agreement with Jet Airways to cover a wider range of destinations in India, all of this is subject to government approval.
This move comes as no surprise as the major US-airlines and the ME3 (Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways) have signed an agreement that will end tensions from past years over government subsidies the ME3 have allegedly received. In a statement Delta's CEO, Ed Bastian said: "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."
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