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JFK link for Edinburgh

Delta, one of the fastest growing airlines in the US, revealed that it plans to offer Scottish passengers a service between Edinburgh and New York's JFK Airport.

From May 2008, the airline will offer a non-stop service between the two airports. The route will replace the flight between Edinburgh and Atlanta - which is due to cease in October.

The airline said that the service would operate daily, departing from Scotland at 09:40 and arriving in the US at 12:15 local time. The return service is expected to leave the US at 20:05 local time and arrive back in the UK at 08:10 the following day.

"Delta is pleased with its success in Edinburgh so far, having carried over 87,000 passengers in our first year of service," explained Armin Venencie, Delta's UK and Ireland sales director.

"Scotland is a key component in our international footprint. Over the past year, Delta has received very positive feedback from Scottish passengers, corporate customers and travel agents."

David Johnston, the managing director of Edinburgh Airport added: "We are delighted that Delta Air Lines have reaffirmed their commitment to serving Scotland with a new year round service to JFK airport.

"The substantial growth in the numbers of passengers flying transatlantic from Edinburgh Airport also underlines the growing desire to fly non stop to the USA from Scotland's capital city.